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12-12-2012, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ContrarianGoaltender View Post
I don't think either Smith or Fuhr were crucial to their team's dynasties. Smith seems to get a lot more credit for his contributions in New York, but unless somebody is able to prove he was unusually clutch or he majorly helped his team offensively it still looks to me like he was a major beneficiary of circumstance in that he happened to be the goalie in the early '80s when for four years Trottier & co. scored goals like Gretzky & co. I think it is quite possible that Smith was still more important to the Islanders' dynasty than Fuhr, but I think looking just at other goalies' results overstates the gap, and overall I am leaning towards ranking Fuhr ahead of Smith.
It's hardly "proof" in the sense that you are looking for, but it seems to be pretty much a universal belief among people who watched hockey in the early 80s that Smith was as clutch a goaltender as can be.

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