Re: Best goaltenders ever??
posted at 8/6/2014 10:15 AM EDT
Okay, the list thing is so far out of hand it's out of elbow, but I will give the site this: some of the pics they've chosen are hilarious and perfect. Hainsworth looks like Billy Bardi or Mickey Rooney. Smith holding his stick out like a shotgun pointed at Gretzky - and Gretzky visibly upset - is priceless. Fuhr doing some sort of stork thing; Plante looking like both Jason Voorhees and Hannibal Lecter. Others aren't as interesting - nothing interesting or characteristic about any of the Roy, Hasek, Brodeur or Sawchuk shots.
Brodeur, Roy, Hasek. At his best, Brodeur was the cooler. He seemed to know where he needed to be to stop the puck before it left the stick, so it would seem like he never made a difficult save. The Olympic finals in 2002, for example - Canada really owned that game from start to finish, but I remember a few chances where TEAM USA moved the puck extremely quickly to an open shooter who ripped a one-time labelled for an open corner...only it wasn't open by the time the stick hit the puck. Perfectly in control, that guy. Roy could be like that, but he liked the dramatic and would get more in your face about it. Sometimes, that hurt him a bit. Not often, but enough to put Brodeur ahead of him. Hasek was unearthly for a few years. Without the Gumby factor, he would have been a top goalie of this day, but with it, he was like a guess-hitter in baseball who suddenly seems to guess right all the time. It would crash on him from time to time, and his lack of playoff success is ultimately what has to keep him lower than Marty and Roy. In his prime, he almost carried the Sabres to the Cup and got jobbed on the Brett Hull goal. He went to the third round two other times, and the second round one additional time. Did it with some very weak teams, too - the successful years, Satan was their leading scorer and they rarely had another player over 50 point - so you could easily argue he put them on his back and carried them farther than they ever should have gone. The counterpoint is that he had Hawerchuk and Mogilny and a decent supporting cast early, and he flaked out late leaving both Ottawa and Detroit scrambling when he couldn't play in the playoffs.
I really liked Parent and hated that the Bruins gave him up (though I didn't know that until later). Used to like to watch Rogie Vachon a lot. Cheesy. That era, guys had to be good, smart, and usually quick - funny how many of the guys I remember were tiny. Vachon 5'6", Palmateer 5'9", even Cheevers was only 5'11". Richard Brodeur was 5'9".
Are you not entertained?!?!