Miscellaneous NHL Talk Part VIII
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07-31-2013, 03:04 PM
Provolone & The Neck
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What happened to Leighton the one time the Flyers' D wasn't utterly dominant against the undersized Montreal team? Those three shutouts were a testament to how good that team was defensively and how badly they manhandled Montreal. It wasn't incredible goaltending on The Slob's part, it was incredible defense. Hell, there's a reason only one "highlight" save was produced by Leighton in that series....on a shot going wide anyways.
When they met a similarly deep offense that was able to get good chances on Leighton in the Finals he was exposed and destroyed.
I don't know why you still don't get how those things are mutually exclusive somehow.
But again, you can't just ignore the fact that Leighton recorded three shutouts. You can certainly say it helped, which it did, but you don't just magically get three shutouts because the defense was good. If you did, this would happen more often because there are better defenses than the Flyers and better goalies than Leighton, but it doesn't happen often. Henrik Lundqvist is a far better goalie. Jon Quick is a far better goalie. Tim Thomas is a far better goalie. Tuuka Rask is a far better goalie. While their defenses may or may not have been as good as the Flyers were in 2010, none of them have ever recorded three shutouts in a playoff series.
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