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11-14-2012, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Offense. Offense was sufficient for the team to finish three of the regular seasons in question. If the Hawks are allowed 25 SOG per game for the 16 games that means they scored 21 on 379 shots or the opposition goalies combined for a .948 SV% better if the shots were higher.

Defense. Same defense as the regular season producing reasonable results.

Goaltending. Over 16 games why is it only the opposition goalies that step-up? Over the course of his career such a string should have balanced somewhere.
Why is only the goalie expected to step up? Why is only the goalie punished for stepping down?

Did Tony Esposito have some poor playoff performances? Absolutely. But he does not deserve all the blame for the streak. He deserves less blame than the skaters, particularly those expected to produce offensively. Because they clearly did not perform at the same level as they did in the regular season, they very clearly stepped down.

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