One of my favourite bits from the thread I linked above:
agree with that, and i also want to point out that although cujo lost to calgary in '04, he was very good in that series, and that calgary '04 was a much stronger team than its record showed, b/c kiprusoff played every playoff game but less than 1/2 of regular season.
'04 kiprusoff: 24-10-4
'04 calgary's other goalies: 18-23-3
with kiprusoff in net, calgary's win % was about as good as any team's.
01-02: This is the one that hurts. Leafs 100 points, 3rd in offense, 13th in defense. First up 96 point Isles. Series is back and forth and chippy, both teams (and Joseph) are up and down. Leafs win in 7. Next up 94 point Ottawa. No Sundin on the Leafs. Leafs are blown out in game one. Joseph stops 54/56 for an OT win in game 2 (choker!). They seesaw games 3-6. Game 7.. 3-0 shutout where the Leafs limit Ottawa to 19 shots. Next up Carolina. Game one the Leafs win. Sundin comes back. You'd think that would help an overachieving team to get their first ballot hall of famer back but.. it is an extremely tight series. 3 games going to overtime. The Leafs score 6 goals in the 7 games!! Again.. what goalie could ever win a 7 game series with 6 goals!
To this date I still can't believe Toronto didn't defeat Carolina because they should have at least made the Stanley Cup Finals.