Round 2, Vote 4 (HOH Top Goaltenders)
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11-20-2012, 04:14 PM
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But would the Islanders still use Smith as a "tandem goalie" during his five-straight trips to the Stanley Cup Finals if that was not the trend of the era? There weren't too many high-GP goaltenders after Esposito retired (maybe Liut for a while), but no team could justify giving their goaltender some extra days off more than the one going deep in the playoffs routinely.
Smith may not have been an iron man, but in the year coming off of his Conn Smythe Trophy, the league leader in GP appeared in only 75% of his team's games. That might be good for around 13th by 2012 standards. The expectations for GP were different in the 1980s, and it wasn't a crime to be part of a two-goalie system.
Which goaltenders do we remember most fondly from the NHL in the 1980s? Roy, Smith, and Fuhr: All three were part of a two-goalie system, because that was the trend for most teams at the time.
I personally don't see anything "wrong" with using goalies in tandem. To me, at least, it makes sense: You go into the playoffs with two goalies that are relatively fresh and you can go with "the hot hand" so to speak.
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