Best playoff performer to not win the Conn Smythe?
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11-18-2012, 05:27 PM
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There is no such thing. Being a goalie is always the toughest assignment and no matter how good your team is defensively, you will have to be sharp to get anywhere.
A goalie who makes 50 saves a game obviously have a harder time than the goalie who makes 20 but they are doing the same job for their team. There is a much bigger importance in how a goalie performs when the game is on the line and on the quality of shots.
People like to call out names like Brodeur and Osgood in these kinds of discussions and I find it pretty weak. If Detroit or New Jersey won the cup with someone like Corey Hirsch in net then it would be valid but the list of goalies who "failed" on those Detroit teams contains Legace, Joseph and Ranford (and some prospects like Maracle and Hodson).
Surely if Detroit made their goalie look so much better then Joseph would have a Vezina and a cup by now, right?
You can find it weak if you like, but Martin Brodeur spent his career playing goal behind a team that played defence first, second and third. Clearly he is a great goalie, but he has benefitted greatly from his situation, statistically.
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