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08-28-2013, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Taco MacArthur View Post
I'd like to hear the case for Crozier, because I'm just not seeing it:

https://www.hockeygoalies.org/bio/crozier.html

In his CS season, he was marginally above average (a 91.4% save percentage might win you a Cup, but not often - maybe in the 1980s). Other than that year, he was cumulatively below replacement level, driven primarily by a first-round stinker for the 1965 Wings (upset by Chicago).

Save percentage isn't everything (insert standard save percentage caveats here), so tell me beyond the numbers why Crozier's playoff performance is worthy of the "best to not win the Cup" title.

(On an unrelated note, I really can't understand the logic of 1 vs. 3 and 2 vs. 4 in the playoffs, like the NHL was doing back then)
Pre O6, six teams would make the playoffs:

http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1942.html

Gate driven league you could max out at 23(5 series 7/3/3/3/7) playoff games even though there were certain inequalities like the top two teams meeting in the first round to determine one of the two finalists. O6 era the max became 21 games(3 series of 7) regardless of the top 4 match-ups.

1 & 3 / 2 &4 were more competitive, likely to generate extra games and revenues.

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