Round 2, Vote 6 (HOH Top Goaltenders)
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12-11-2012, 04:47 PM
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Seems like this is the time to really nail down a ranking for Fuhr and Smith.
My personal feeling is that Smith seems to have benefited from his team situation a bit more than Fuhr -- in terms of playing behind a better defense, with a tandem partner and during a lower-scoring selection of seasons -- and it seems a bit suspicious to me that Smith always seemed to step up his game at the exact same time his teammates were also stepping up their games. It's very hard for me to see a meaningful distinction between Smith playing well and the Islanders playing well.
I don't believe in Smith all that much either. I'm going to give him every benefit of the doubt though. I'm gonna watch the games available on NHL Vault for the 1982 playoffs (watched game 1 vs. Vancouver last night), these were the games that preceded his only strong foray into the All-Star Team balloting...if I like what I see, I'll start warming to him...if I don't, I won't.
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