- 04/20/2011, 05:46AM ET
RyanBoss said 04/20, 05:46 AM
I think it is a big misconseption in the nhl playoffs that you can ride a hot goalie all the way through the cup. How often can we really say that goaltending has won the cup. Take a look at the two goalies stats in the cup last year and tell me that either the blackhawks or the flyers really owed any of thier cup glory to thier goalies. Infact the flyers took down the team with the hottest goalie last year Halak and the canadians. If anything takes you far in the playoffs its depth.
Darth Maim said 04/20, 09:41 AM
If you are looking at the 2010-2011 season, then you are correct that the "hot" goalie really didn't matter for the Canadians.
But to say that "it is a big misconseption in the nhl playoffs that you can ride a hot goalie all the way through the cup" is a rather broad statement. If fact, you have painted yourself into a corner.
I will use my arguments to highlight a couple of teams that did ride a goalie that peaked at the right time.
Example 1: Mike Vernon- 1996-97 Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings had not won the Cup since 1955. Chris Osgood was the starting goalie during the majority of the regular season. Osgood had a solid (23 wins and a 2.30 GAA), if unspectacular, season; however Vernon became the man in the playoffs.
"You start with goaltending and he got hot at the right time," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said of Vernon, who backstopped the Wings to their first Stanley Cup in 42 seasons.
Stats: Regular season vs. playoffs
Wins: 13 vs. 16
GAA: 2.43 vs. 1.76
Save %: .899 vs. .927
"Hot" goalie = Stanley Cup
Although they won the next season, Vernon was the one who jump started the run.....
Darth Maim said 04/21, 10:47 AM
Not really, but RyanBoss must not have a whole lot of confidence in his stance.....
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