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12-06-2012, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Let's look at the PCHA. 1915 season saw a very sharp upward spike in scoring during the second half. Why?

Hugh Lehman's GAA average out west improved sharpley out west after 1917:

note between 1907 and 1917, Lehman's best GAA was 3.97.

Contrast Georges Vezina thru 1917:

The PCHA was more about entertainment than hockey. Example. Meaningless games in the standings at the end of the season were not played. This raises issues about the best goalie, best GAA questions. In the O6 the meaningless games at the end of the season were played, impacting the Vezina race, AST selections and other awards and honours.

Questioning Lehman's numbers and performance out west is based in fact. The PCHA issues still await answers.
Vancouver's scoring more than doubled over the second half of 1915, and that alone accounts for most of the scoring rise. So I'd say it's mostly a case of one great team getting rolling.

Different leagues scoring at different rates. Lehman led his league in GAA 3 times 1907 through 1917, while Vezina only did it once.

How many games were cancelled? One that Coleman thought was cancelled, was actually played, and is included in the stats at Hockey-Reference and the HHoF site. (An exhibition between the same teams a week later was cancelled.) Another two were played, but as exhibitions of 6-man hockey.

The two games between Montreal and Vancouver in 1924. Lehman makes 37 stops in the first 2 periods of game 2 after breaking his nose in game 1.

Game One - Canadiens 3 - Vancouver 2

Game Two - Canadiens 2 - Vancouver 1

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