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07-26-2013, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by DrinkFightFlyers View Post
And what about your two most relied upon forwards (defensively and offensively) and Gagne being pretty much invisible? For God's sake if Carter scored on that empty net the Flyers could very well have won the Cup that year. Obviously having a better goalie would have helped, but it also would have helped if the other things I mentioned would have happened. So just saying it's obvious a new goalie would have helped is the exact same thing as saying having your two best forwards show up also would have helped. It wasn't JUST goaltending.
Richards role was to control Toews in that series and he did. Toews finished the playoffs with 29 pts in 22 games but was held to 3 pts (all assists) in the finals which is impressive considering it was a crazy scoring series. Richards added a goal and an assist in those 6 games, sure everyone wanted more but it's unfair to put the blame on him IMO, he did his job. And while Carter only had one goal and 1a in the finals he played better then his numbers indicated, specifically on defense. Blaming the cup loss on one moment (missing the empty netter) is pretty short sighted. Gagne, as well as Carter also have the injury card to play.

Leighton sucked for the entire series, though the last goal was particularly sucky. I do agree that it wasn't just goaltending but the vast majority of the blame should be on the goaltending, like 98 percent.

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