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07-31-2013, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Beef Invictus View Post
The only thing Leighton did was show up and ride his team to success.

If Thomas, Lundqvist, or Quick were playing in Leighton's spot I have zero doubt they would have done better.

That series started a debate around these forums about the idea of constructing a team so deep you could plug anyone in net. People were postulating that big-name goalies could be made obsolete. That wasn't due to Leighton's play, that was due to the skaters'.
Yep, nailed it.

Leighton faced very few (and by "very few", I mean almost none) chances that could be considered 'game savers'. He made routine saves because the defense totally strangled the Habs that series.

Leighton did what should have been expected of any goaltender in his position that series. The Habs were 1) not that good to begin with and 2) totally drained and beaten from battles with WSH and PIT in the rounds before.

I'll give him credit for making saves he should have made, but that is all.

DFF, you would have had a better argument referencing Leighton's performance in the Bruins series after Boucher went down. He actually had a couple of big moments in that one.

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