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12-18-2012, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Jim Henry returned from the War and the Rangers didn't want to abandon him. But they didn't want to give up on Rayner either, so they started what has been called hockey's "first two goalie system" where they alternated starts. Then Rayner got injured, and they went with Henry the rest of the year. In 1948-49, Rayner got his job back and was named Rangers MVP, just like he was in 1946-47. Any semi-complete profile of Rayner that you can find with google will tell you this
To be fair, numerous newspaper accounts I've found mention that Lumley was neck and neck with Broda for the Vezina in 1947 until the end of the season, when Toronto beat Detroit twice in the same weekend to give Broda the victory. If those games go the other way, Lumley has two Vezinas, one in 1947 and the other in 1954.

I honestly think that had Lumley stayed on the Wings in 1950 or had he been traded to a better team than the Black Hawks, he could have won more awards. He was regarded as one of the best goalies at that time, and he was fresh off a Stanley Cup win, not to mention a near-Vezina a few years earlier. After he left the Hawks, and joined the Maple Leafs, he had his two best seasons. He nearly had the Vezina in 1955, too. He actually had a better GAA than Sawchuk, but the Red Wings had given up one fewer goal overall, and thus won it.

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