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11-27-2012, 05:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Both Holecek and Esposito have multiple flubs. Holecek - 1972, 1976 Olympics, 1976 Canada Cup, 1978 WHC losing final at home in Prague. Esposito - 1971 and 1973 SC Finals, with 1973 being the worst SC final goalie performance in SC Final history, 5.3 GAA and a SV% around .850. 1972 Summit Series game 5. 1976 Canada Cup, Vachon, Cheevers, Resch, Bouchard were preferred to him with Dryden and Parent missing the event. 14 game playoff losing streak.

Parent compared to Esposito and Holecek. Two consecutive Conn Smythe Trophies on two consecutive SC championship teams. No goalie in the history of the award has sustained such a level of excellence over two seasons. Parent does not have a history of flubs.
Holecek was named the Best Goalie of the 1978 World Championships by the Directorate and All Star Goalie by the Media covering the World Championships. I don't see how losing a close game to a better team (while being considered the best goalie of the tournament) is a "flub." Likewise, the 1976 Olympics. He lost 3-2 to the Soviets? Again, how is losing a close game to a better team a "flub?" Would you demand that Czechslovakia beat the USSR in every tournament to give Holecek credit for the ones he did win?

The 1972 Olympics and 1976 Canada Cup are the only blemishes on his resume that I can see, and as goalies go, having only 2 notable blemishes is pretty good. Bill Durnan seems to have two big playoff blemishes (1949 and 1950 quitting in the middle of the playoffs) in his shorter career.

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