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04-17-2013, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by flyin_finn View Post
They are producing nowadays more goalies, but it is still somewhat amazing fact that Russian has never won a Vezina.
I wouldn't consider that all that surprising. Only four European goalies have ever won the Vezina, three if you go by training instead of nationality. In addition to that, Lindbergh won before Russians were able to play in the NHL, so the list pretty much shrinks to Hasek and Kiprusoff.

Hasek was virtually impossible to beat, and Brodeur very hard to, though Nabokov did come pretty close one year. Those two pretty much coincide with the prime of the best Russian goalies. There hasn't been another Russian goalie who has been able to take his game to the next level since those two were gone or past their prime.

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