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08-02-2006, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR957 View Post
Okay, lets compare their rookie seasons. Here's Lundqvist's rookie year compared with DiPietro's 2003-04, which was basically his rookie season, in which the Islanders had the same team ability as the 05-06 Rangers:

Here is DiPietro's 03-04 statistics, in which the Islanders were a team not rebuilding:
Season Team GP MIN W L T GA SA SO GA Avg SV %
2003-2004 Islanders 50 2,843 23 18 5 112 1,261 5 2.36 .911

And Lundqvist's Rookie Year
2005-2006 Rangers 53 3,111 30 12 0 116 1,485 2 2.24 .922

Lundqvist allowed 4 more goals but had 224 more shots lobbed at him. The only category where DiPietro was better was shutouts. Lundqvist had 7 more wins and 6 less losses, plus a better GAA and SV%.
And as I said, they both had very good rookie seasons. Wins you can't go buy here, because in '03-'04 there was no shootout to add wins to the total. What I said was both goalies had excellent first seasons. These stats don't debate that. Nor do these stats from a first year suggest that one was light years ahead of the other.

Edit: Evidently OT losses don't count against a goalie's record either anymore, as they had previously. SO that would have to be taken into effect.

Last edited by nyscene: 08-02-2006 at 02:56 PM. Reason: More stuff to add.
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