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12-07-2012, 09:34 PM
Kyle McMahon
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Originally Posted by Litework View Post
Thomas had the Smythe locked up after his game 6 win. He had already broken Kirk McLean's playoff save record. Luongo would have been the best choice for Vancouver but thats not really saying much. His run doesnt seem that legendary because it we have seen great goalie runs too often (Kipprusoff, Roloson, Halak etc.) Over time Thomas's 2011 playoffs will be appreciated more.
If we've seen great goalie runs "too often", this just shows that Thomas' wasn't so legendary afterall. Kiprusoff didn't win the Smythe, and Roloson was not a lock even if he'd remained healthy and potentially won the Cup. Unless a team is an absolute juggernaut, they simply aren't going to reach the final without good goaltending. Thomas is in there with Vanbiesbrook '96, Hasek '99, Kiprusoff '04, Quick '12...great runs, but they fall short of "legendary", at least by my definition of the word.

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