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11-15-2012, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
I can only surmise that you think one Jacques Lemaire shot is worth about 6-7 spots on an all-time list. Without that, I can't imagine how one wouldn't consider his resume among the four best this round.
I definitely have Esposito in my top 8, but I struggle to fit him in my top 4. Like I said, I think he's a clear step down from Eddie Belfour.

It's not just the Jacques Lemaire shot. Generally, scoring goes down in the playoffs across the board, but Esposito's GAA raises from 2.92 in the regular season to 3.07 in the playoffs. I know I argued in the defensemen thread that his defense has to take some blame too, but I don't think Esposito escapes blameless, either.

Edit: Here is the career playoff GVT for the post-1950 goalies here. Remember that this hurts Original 6 goalies who played when the playoffs were only 2 rounds long.

1. Patrick Roy 119.3
2. Ed Belfour 71.2
3. Billy Smith 59.5

4. Ken Dryden 57.4
5. Martin Brodeur 56.9 (as of 2011, my guess is 2012 bumped him to #3)
6. Dominik Hasek 56.3
7. Jacques Plante 49.4
8. Curtis Joseph 42.6
9. Grant Fuhr 33.6
10. Johnny Bower 31.3
11. Bernie Parent 31.1
12. Tom Barrasso 25.7
13. Chris Osgood 25.1
14. Tony Esposito 24.2
15. J.S Giguere 24.0
16. Olaf Kolzig 23.8
17. Felix Potvin 22.7
18. Mike Richter 22.0

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