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05-11-2013, 01:27 AM
Where's the Hart?
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Originally Posted by The Perfect Human View Post
Completely agree. This deflation theory is completely baseless. Countless times young teams have been able to win playoff series and championships riding other goalies letting in soft goals.

CHI won in 2010 with Niemi at 0.910 (0.912 in RS in 39GP)
PIT won in 2009 with Fleury at 0.908 (0.912 in RS in 61GP)

Does elite-level goaltending win championships for just "good" teams? Yes. That's when you have a top-3 goaltender on your team. Quick and Thomas come to mind as goaltenders that have won that way (0.940+)

Most teams win with a combination of good 0.920+ goaltending and a great team (DET, ANA, CAR).

In CHI/PIT's case, they took average-at-best goaltending and won with an elite-level roster of skaters.

Osgood has a penchant for letting in soft goals in DET. Cam Ward has done it his whole career. Crawford also does the same. Niemi minimally but it still happens.

Absolutely overrated thing this "deflation" theory.
You can hate on Fleury all you want and most of it might have merit, but he was a big part of the Penguins winning in 2009.

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