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12-02-2012, 10:17 AM
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Barrasso's stats and his stand-up style sure look awkward by today's standards. And he faded badly in the second half of the 90s. But like Grant Fuhr with the Oilers, he was the right goalie in the right place. He could hold down the fort when it counted, at least for most of his tenure here. His great puckhandling alone (he holds the NHL record for points by a goalie, with 48 assists) was a boon to the Pens run & gun style. He set up a lot of Mario's many shorties that way.

I'd say Barrasso was at least the equal of Richter and Vanbiesbrouck, the other great American goalies of the era. Tim Thomas is hard to compare since he broke out so late and had a short but very high peak.

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