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11-19-2012, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by jkrx View Post
I always found it quite strange that both Bryzgalov and Giguere had the same SV% during the cup run. Feels as if that was more of a defense effort than Giguere standing on his head.
Sample size and quality of competition factor into that. Bryz only started 4 games against by far the weakest opponent Anaheim faced in Minnesota. As soon as Carlyle could justify switching back to Giguere he did which indicated who the coach had more faith in.

For the most part, Giguere wasn't tested that much but in the Detroit series he was the Ducks best player and without him standing on his head in game 5, the Ducks don't advance to the SCF. I think he was as deserving of the Smythe as anyone else on the team but ultimately it went to Niedermayer.

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