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02-17-2008, 05:48 AM
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Greatest goaltending duel in Finals history

I just finished watching the recap of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals on the NHL Network and I think Game 5 of that series has to be one of the best goaltending battles in not only finals but NHL history. Brodeur and Belfour stood on their heads all night long and Belfour especially made some spectacular saves in overtime on some breakaway and odd-man rush opportunities.

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02-17-2008, 05:58 AM
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I just finished watching the recap of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals on the NHL Network and I think Game 5 of that series has to be one of the best goaltending battles in not only finals but NHL history. Brodeur and Belfour stood on their heads all night long and Belfour especially made some spectacular saves in overtime on some breakaway and odd-man rush opportunities.
I'm definitely biased, but I always thought Belfour should of won the Conn Smythe in 2000. They gave it to Nieuwendyk ... He's was good, but he wasn't as important as Eddie.

If you want to see another great duel: 1996, 4th game. St-Patrick vs. The Beezer. 1-0 in 3rd OT.

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Nieuwendyk in '99? Stevens was the Conn Smythe winner in 2000.

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maclean/richter was pretty good in '94

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Not in finals, but Mason vs. Hrudey in '87 may be the best of all time.

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Kiprusoff/Khabilbulin was a great show

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I liked Hasek/Belfour in 99.

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not finals..but turco/luongo last year was unbelievable

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early 2000's when Brodeur and Roy went head to head in a 7 game series... both were considered top 3 NHL goalies at the time

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Giguere and Brodeur in '03 I think it was.

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Hasek and Roy in 2002 Western Conference Finals...

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'83 Billy Smith VS Grant Fuhr.

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early 2000's when Brodeur and Roy went head to head in a 7 game series... both were considered top 3 NHL goalies at the time
I'd say more like 1, 2.

How about Cam Ward Vs Dwayne roloson/Ty Conklin/Jussi Markkanen. haha

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Belfour/Hasek - 1999

McLean/Richter - 1994

Roy/Brodeur - 2001

in terms of non finals,

Potvin/Belfour - 1994, when Potvin beat Belfour in 3 games by the score of 1-0.

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02-17-2008, 05:29 PM
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Crozier/Worsley goaltending of the '60s were classics. Also Worsley and Vachon/Bower and Sawchuk.

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Grant Fuhr-Ron Hextall in 1987. You wouldn't think that a team featuring Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Anderson, and Coffey at their best would need the heroics of Fuhr to squeek out a 7-game series, but they did. And that's a testament to just how good Conn Smythe winner Ron Hextall played in the Flyer net to hold them in against that offensive machine right down to the bitter end.

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Giguere and Brodeur in '03 I think it was.
Seriously? Giguere was very average in the '03 Finals. And I wouldnt put Brodeur/Roy on there either because I thought Brodeur was kinda average in '01.

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Grant Fuhr-Ron Hextall in 1987. You wouldn't think that a team featuring Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Anderson, and Coffey at their best would need the heroics of Fuhr to squeek out a 7-game series, but they did. And that's a testament to just how good Conn Smythe winner Ron Hextall played in the Flyer net to hold them in against that offensive machine right down to the bitter end.

This is my choice as well for goaltending and also one of the best finals ever.

The best offense in the league vs the 3rd best and it turned out to be a great defensive series.

Philly holds the mighty Oilers offense to 3 goals per game and yet, Edmonton is versatile enough a champion to win a defensive oriented series.

I can still see Hextall deflating when Glenn Anderson scored late in game 7 to wrap it up. All in all, both Hextall and Fuhr were tremendous.

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Seriously? Giguere was very average in the '03 Finals. And I wouldnt put Brodeur/Roy on there either because I thought Brodeur was kinda average in '01.
I agree on both counts. Brodeur/Roy was hyped and for good reason, but I think Brodeur kind of disappointed. I'm still sad about it to this day.

Brodeur v. Belfour was classic though. Especially in the multiple OT games 5 and 6. Best goaltending dual I've seen in the finals during my 15 or so years of watching hockey.

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I agree on both counts. Brodeur/Roy was hyped and for good reason, but I think Brodeur kind of disappointed. I'm still sad about it to this day.

Brodeur v. Belfour was classic though. Especially in the multiple OT games 5 and 6. Best goaltending dual I've seen in the finals during my 15 or so years of watching hockey.
Brodeur/Belfour was awesome for the whole series, except maybe game 1, but games 5-6 were no doubt the best. In '01, the Devils win the cup if Brodeur has a solid series. He let up some soft goals throughout that series and in a couple games, the Avs had less than 20 shots and I thought those were his worst games. I think Brodeur's SV% for those entire playoffs was actually below 90%.

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Put me down as another vote for Brodeur vs Belfour in 2000. Other than Belfour's cough syrup incident in game 1, they were both outstanding all series long and games 5 & 6 were the best combined goaltending I've ever seen.

2001 did not come close to reaching the hype. As mentioned, Brodeur was below average and Roy also coughed up a game with his pass to Gomez.

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Last year it was Marty Turco vs Robert Luongo going the full seven games. Turco got three shutouts to Luongo's zero shutouts but each battled back and fourth INCLUDING GAME ONE, where they went seven periods. After the third, it was back to back goaltending showdowns until the fourth overtime.

At the end, Vancouver won in seven with the save of the series from Luongo off Stu Barnes from the slot..even Stu Barnes couldn't believe what he just witnessed.

Thats my recent favorite matchup, Roy/Brodeur, Belfour/Hasek and Richter/MacLean are also my favs.

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I'd say more like 1, 2.

How about Cam Ward Vs Dwayne roloson/Ty Conklin/Jussi Markkanen. haha
Markkanen stood on his head after game 2 of that series. I might be biased but I like that pick a lot. Probably the best backup vs backup performance I can think of. It's just behind Brodeur vs Giguere and Roy vs Brodeur for me.

non-finals series: Luongo vs Turco was great, Ward vs Huet (game 2 on) of the Canes-Habs 06 series was pretty solid too.

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Martin Brodeur - Patrick Roy in 01

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