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05-22-2013, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
Lundqvist is now currently down 3-0 in the Bruins series. He's far from an infallible goalie, he is a goalie that plays strong technically but from what I have seen in his career not one that has elevated his play high enough to carry his team further. That should make anyone hesitate to put him #1 since 2005.
You don't think back-to-back shutouts in Games 6 and 7 against one of the top offensive teams in the league is an example of a goalie elevating his play to carry his team further? Without Lundqvist, the Rangers aren't even close to making the playoffs.

Goalies that most would describe as not as good as him such as Ward or Fleury have found a way to put together very nice playoff runs that Lundqvist hasn't equalled.
Maybe "found a way to put together very nice playoff runs" could also mean "were fortunate enough to have great offensive support from their teams top scorers in that playoff run". In Ward's 2006 Cup run, Staal had 28 points and Brind'amour had 12 goals. In Fleury's 2009 playoffs, Crosby and Malkin each had over 30 points.

By comparison, how are the Rangers top scorers this season doing in the playoffs:

Derek Stepan: 3 points in 10 games
Rick Nash: 4 points in 10 games
Brad Richards: 1 point in 10 games

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