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Goaltending

This is another advantage that Philadelphia is going to have that will play a pivotal role in the series. Grant Fuhr is as good of a playoff goaltender as there is. I don't know if there's another goalie that elevates his game more from the regular season to the playoffs than Fuhr. One thing that Grant has on Rayner is that Grant was, for a stretch of 4-5 years, the best goalie in the world. The numbers and voting may not suggest it, but there are copious amounts of articles that call him the best in the world. Rayner was never the best in the world. You could make the argument that Rayner faced tougher competition in Durnan/Broda/Brimsek, but I think goaltending in the 1980s is generally under appreciated. Furh faced Billy Smith, Patrick Roy, and Tom Barrasso.

Neither one of these goalies received much good defensive support from their teams, but it was for two very different reasons. Rayner's teams weren't good, and Fuhr's teams didn't play defense. When Rayner was in the playoffs, he was good. But, that was only for a total of two seasons. We can't punish him for playing for a bad team, but the fact is he has very little playoff experience. When he was there, he was good, but it was for a short time. Fuhr won four cups, and was known as the premier playoff goaltender of the day. Fuhr definitely has an advantage here, and he has the ability to steal games by himself in the playoffs.
Doug Vaughan, Windsor Daily Star, 1-16-1950
Highlight of the Red Wing-Ranger game--apart from the "master-minding"--was another of those remarkable displays of goaltending by Chuck Rayner.

For a period and a half, the Gotham puck-defending magician did not have much to do. But once the aroused Red Wings started to roll, following two fast Ranger tallies, he was kept busier than a one-armed paper-hanger with the hives. The league-leaders rained shots at him from all angles. There were occasions where he was forced to boot out as many as three and four blistering drives in a matter of seconds. In the third period alone, following the complete collapse of his defence, he made a total of 19 saves, not counting the 2 shots that got by him.

For the past several years this corner has contended that Rayner is the best goalie in the league. We continue to say so. Front him a defence the equal of that which stands guard in front of Montreal's Bill Durnan, and we are sure he would prove it even to those die-hards who cling to the out-moded notion that the goals-against record provides a true picture of the ability of the goaltender.

The Montreal Gazette (Dink Carroll) - 4/19/1950
The Hockey News has selected Chuck Rayner as the leading player of the past season, Jim Hendy as top executive and Mud Bruneteau as the best coach. There is no denying that all three did splendid jobs.

The Montreal Gazette (Dink Carroll) - 1/20/1951
Maurice Richard, who was selected as hockey's top performer in 1950 by Sport Magazine's board of experts, will be presented with the award at a gathering...The Rocket was an easy winner, only Chuck Rayner and Sid Abel getting mentions

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