In Dryden's first season, he played 6 games. That's how he was able to win the Calder the next year (the season after winning the Conn Smythe).
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That sucks that the lockout could jepordize that distinctive record.
This year aside It was not too far fetched for Hank to obliterate that record.
I'd also go as far as saying when all is said and done, if Hank and Brodeur are neck and neck in stats; provided Hank wins a few cups as well. The consecutive 30w seasons thing could have set him apart from Marty if it ever comes to that arguement years from now.
While Lundqvist has been wonderful since joining the league, let's also remember that 30 win mark doesn't have much historical significance since it does include shootout wins.
**And before someone complains, yes, Lundqvist is phenomenal in shootouts, and he should be recognized for that, but goalies in previous eras were not given that opportunity for the win, so that record will only matter in the context of comparing to shootout-era goalies.**
it absolutely does have significance has anyone else done it since?
a win is a win. they used to not have overtime either.
by the way let me add i hope i'm wrong and hank plays all 48 because imo biron is terrible.
the only thing is we need a fresh hank for the playoffs. if that means biron has to play 10 to 15 games so be it
Actually the significance really isn't much at all. A guy like Brodeur got 27 in his rookie season (barely played half the games), then 19 in a lockout shortened season (prorated that's >> 30), then he got 30 wins for something like 13 straight years after that. So when you look at it in context, it's really not significant, it's just rare because most goalies don't play enough to win 30 games in their first season. But we love Hank, so a lot of us like to follow this streak. Personally for me, i'll consider the mark still valid if he wins 18 games this year.