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11-14-2012, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Had a good chance in 1982 but lost to the Canucks in the Semi Finals.

BTW - see your point about Tony Esposito being consistent. Late 1970s he lost at least 14 consecutive playoff games. Can't be more consistent than that. Must be a playoff record. Sure no other goalie under consideration in this project can match this streak.
Losing doesn't mean poor goaltending, it can just as easily mean poor offense. Of course sometimes it's both.

Originally Posted by Hockey Outsider View Post
To quote myself from another thread:

"In the playoffs from '75 to '79, [Tony Esposito] had at one point a 16 game losing streak... he had basically no support from his offense. In the losses his team scored:

0 goals - 3
1 goal - 7
2 goals - 4
3 goals - 2
4+ goals - 0

Esposito had no chance of winning unless he posted shutouts in 10 of 16 games. So, looking at the numbers, it looks like Esposito was doomed for four years, regardless of how well or poorly he played."

I'm certainly not saying that Esposito was as good a playoff performer as Fuhr or Smith. But I wonder how Espo would have done had his teammates scored 4-5 goals in each playoff game he started.

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