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11-14-2012, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
As opposed to 1944 and 1945, when four of six teams were minor league quality. That looks great for Durnan, hey?

The 1973 finals were bad. I never said they weren’t. But 6 consecutive games don’t prove anyone to be “inconsistent” for their career.

1971 does an even worse job of proving inconsistency. Granted it was his worst series but his aggregate numbers were outstanding. What you’re describing sounds a lot like 2012 Brodeur but with much better aggregate stats. If you think he was that bad in the last 5 games of the finals, then his seasonal numbers just demonstrate how much more instrumental he was through game 2 of the finals, than you even realize. In other words, they dragged him all the way down to .928, in a season where the league averaged .906. So how high was his sv% leading into game 3?

The point about the 1943-44 and 1944-45 NHL teams is that except for the 1943-44 Rangers they were better than the minor league quality teams that were part of the 1927-28 to 1930-31 NHL.

But Brodeur had a much better aggregate career. After 1973 Esposito never got his team to the finals.

Point is that 1971 the Hawks became part of the weaker western division - easier to qualify for the playoffs only two teams Chicago and St.Louis had winning records. So if competition is a factor in the 1940s then it is a factor in the 1970s or in the 1920s and 1930s.

Esposito's regular season or early playoff performance does not impress if he does not sustain a reasonable facsimile in the finals. His History is that he never did.

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