Round 2, Vote 6 (HOH Top Goaltenders)
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12-11-2012, 05:25 PM
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Early on him and Resch even split the playoff duties. In fact, when the high-octane Pens collapsed in 1975, it was Smith who they were sniping...it was Resch that came in and won four straight (with the help of some goalposts). Chic-meister was right there with him throughout the 70's and then he moved on and was replaced with a replacement-level keeper in Melanson (who did post the league's first ever .900+ save pct. on this Islanders team we're speaking). Smith took over because he was better than Melanson, but what does that say?
Can we discuss a little more about Smith's opponents in the playoffs also? The Habs and Bruins and Flyers of the 70's were all but broken up or diminished it seems, no...?
Now, I don't want to diminish a goalie that rattled off 4 straight Stanley Cups, no sir. That's no accident. But, did he get away with some good timing? That is, until the Oilers ransacked the place...
Can anyone speak more about the opponents he faced (outside of the stupid preliminary round nonsense - the '82 Penguins, blick...)? The '81 North Stars and '82 Canucks strike me as kind of cinderella teams and the clock turned to midnight pretty quickly for both of them...the '83 Oilers were a young squad and got taken to school pretty well and good the first time around. The 1980 Flyers looked like a pretty good team (both on video and paper) minus their defense which seems suspect...but they weren't exactly lining up Robinson/Savard/Lapointe in 1975 either...
Can anyone speak of the league landscape at that time, roughly?
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