Hasek in his prime: Most feared goalie by players?
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12-29-2012, 11:03 PM
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When I think of goalies instilling fear in opponents, I think of Billy Smith and Ron Hextall. Although Hasek was certainly one of the toughest goalies to beat, it seemed that he'd come unglued during the playoffs (notably when he attacked a reporter and apparently had problems with teammates and
You're talking about Ted Nolan, the guy who's effectively blackballed from the NHL for being impossible to work with. That entire Sabres team was dysfunctional, and went on to have its best stretch in franchise history after Hasek forced management's hand.
Also, his playoff save percentages seem to disagree with the whole coming unglued thing. And regardless of what Barnaby said, he stood up for Hasek each and every time an opposing player tried anything. Even vaunted tough guys Richard Smehlik and Darryl Shannon jumped Gino Odjick after he hit Dom, so clearly he was doing something right.
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