Friday, October 28, 2011

Vancouver and Philadelphia - where goalies go to die

You need great goaltending to win a Stanley Cup but do you need a great goalie? Think about it. Over the past 5 years the Stanley Cup finalists were not always backstopped by one of the game's great. Sometime just it is just a goalie on a hot streak.

Boston - Tim Thomas
Vancouver - Roberto Luongo

Chicago - Antti Niemi
Philadelphia - Michael Leighton

Pittsburgh - Marc-Andre Fleury
Detroit - Chris Osgood

Detroit - Chris Osgood
Pittsburgh - Marc-Andre Fleury

Anaheim - Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Ottawa - Ray Emery

Not so many big money goalies in this list.

So it's a little painful to watch goalies that head to Vancouver and Philadelphia getting eaten alive. The latest victims are Roberto Luongo and Ilya Bryzgalov.

Over the past 10 years the Flyers have used: Sergei Bobrovsky, Martin Biron, Brian Boucher, Roman Cechmanek, Jérémy Duchêsne, Johan Backlund, Ray Emery, Robert Esche, Jeff Hackett, Martin Houle, Michael Leighton, Neil Little, Antero Niittymaki, Maxime Ouellet, Ilya Bryzgalov.

Meanwhile the Canucks have used the following goalies: Alex Auld, Martin Brochu, Dan Cloutier, Johan Hedberg, Jason LaBarbera, Drew MacIntyre, Rob McVicar, Tyler Moss, Mika Noronen, Maxime Ouellet, Andrew Raycroft, Dany Sabourin, Curtis Sanford, Cory Schneider, and Roberto Luongo.

Finally, here is a video of the 17 goals scored in Winnipeg's win over the Flyers the other night. The most goals scored in one game in 15 years.

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