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11-11-2012, 03:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Sadekuuro View Post
Baloney. Both games Osgood played, in what was a 2-2 series, the Wings lost by three goals.

Citing overall playoff stats to argue someone's performance in one series is misleading at best. Ranford was very good in the first two games and abysmal in the next two. Roy put up a .938 in the Detroit series and a combined .973 in the two deciding games while Osgood didn't hit .900 in either game.
Osgood was also playing injured, as a healthy Ranford hadn't managed to hit .800 in either of his previous two games. He posted a .789 across two games; 5 on 24 shots in Game 3, then 3 on 14 shots before being pulled for Norm Maracle, who gave up another 3 on 10 shots. Osgood kept Detroit in the game as best as an injured goalie could be expected to, and much better than Ranford did. Ranford choked away the Wings' chances to go up 3-0 on the Avs, and then blew the lead entirely in game 4. Had he not done so, Osgood doesn't take the ice in that series. A healthy Osgood would have led the Wings past the Avs, because Roy was beatable until Ranford melted down and Roy smelled blood.

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