Round 2, Vote 3 (HOH Top Goaltenders)
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11-14-2012, 12:32 PM
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It would be great if this was substantiated. Esposito’s year by year numbers were as consistent as any goalie I’ve seen. From 1970 to 1980, these were his sv% rankings:
Yes, Belfour over Espo is not a hard case to make.
They’re pretty close to even in the regular season once all factors are considered, but Belfour has a much better playoff record.
Your own words trip you up. Consistency was one of Belfour's problems - Mike Keenan and him had a running battle with Keenan regularly yanking him early when he started a game weakly.
Tony Esposito was similar. Look at his 1969-70 season. 15 shutouts is impressive but factor out the shutouts and his GAA is close to 3.00, 136 goals against in 48 games.Yet Belfour ouver Esposito is not a hard case to make.
Also Esposito's inconsistency in the playoffs is well documented. See the HSP for all the details you would like - 1971 Finals, 1973 Finals.
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