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12-08-2012, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by kaneone View Post
How was Lundqvist's 2011-12 playoffs not better than Halak's 2009-10?

Halak: 9-9, 2.55 GAA, .923 SVP
Lundqvist: 10-10, 1.82 GAA, .931 SVP
Lundqvist might have had the better statistical performance but throughout the first 2 rounds Halak absolutely carried the team in Gigeure-esque fashion. I'm not doubting that Lundqvist is the Rangers most important player, but watching both players, I think Halak's performance was better as well. That Montreal team had no business being in the Conference Final, let alone getting through Washington and Pittsburgh to do it. Halak didn't have the best Conference Final, but Philly was shredding Montreal's defense, I'm curious as to what Halak's SV% was through the first two rounds was. Also impressive is that not only was his save percentage high, but he faced like 40+ shots a game in the first round. Obviously we can't just ignore when Halak's stats dipped, but I think Halak carrying his team nearly single-handedly through two rounds is more impressive than Lundqvist being consistently great throughout three rounds.

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