Worst Playoff Performer to Win the Smythe
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11-19-2012, 11:12 PM
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No one would have batted an eye had he won a second Conn Smythe, but sure, pretend it was like any other playoff...
Giguere hasn't played enough outside of 2003 and 2007 to be named. It's absurd. He has, what, one full series (2008)? Half of another because of injury (2006)? How many opportunities did Parent have to replicate any form of success? So why does Giguere get named alongside
A couple things; for starters you can't give credit to a goalie for playoff heroics when he isn't there in the first place. And even when he is there, Giguere was mediocre at best outside of those two years. You can't be a "great" playoff performer if you aren't in the playoffs in the first place either.
Plus Parent carried those Flyers teams. He won the Smythe twice in a row going against Clarke. He beat two very offensively talented teams in the final in back to back years. Then he had some injuries and did alright later on but certainly not great, retiring in 1979. There was a period of hockey when Parent was the bread and butter of goaltending, not Giguere. Those two years are such a high ceiling that it makes up for any other lost time with him.
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