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NHL Goaltenders in the Spotlight as the Second Round Begins

Published by on April 29, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Good goaltending is critical to success in hockey.

The analogy is that it's like pitching in baseball. Close enough, I figure.

This all gets magnified in the playoffs. Goaltenders have often carried unworthy teams further then they deserved to go.

Olaf Kolzig dragged the '97-98 Capitals into the Stanley Cup Finals against the Dteroit Red Wings. Dominic Hasek took the unworthy Buffalo Sabres in to the finals in the next year, and took the Czechs to gold in the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

The 1972-73 Montreal Canadiens, with Ken Dryden in net, were the dominant Stanley Cup champion.  The next year, when Dryden held out and spent the year as an article clerk and working fo...

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