Ray Emery and Dominik Hasek -- former teammates in Ottawa last season -- currently sit 1-2 in 2007 playoff wins. As such, they'll rightfully receive much of the credit for their respective teams' success. However, do they measure up well against the all-time great postseason goaltending performances?
We'll let you be the judge of that, but will provide you with 10 examples of playoff netminding excellence.
1. Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers, 1975
Parent shut out his playoff opponents four times in 15 games and led the Flyers to their second straight championship. He also won his second straight Conn Smythe Trophy, a feat no goalie has been able to match.
2. Billy Smith, New York Islanders, 1983
In his last Cup win with the Isles, Smith held the soon-to-be juggernaut Oilers to just six goals in four games as New York swept Edmonton in the Cup final.
3. Ron Hextall, Philadelphia Flyers, 1987
The legendarily surly Hextall won the Conn Smythe Trophy in '87 after leading Philadelphia to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. And he did it as a 23-year-old rookie.
4. Bill Ranford, Edmonton Oilers, 1990
Forced into action because of a regular-season injury to starter Grant Fuhr, Ranford was spectacular against his former teammates in the Cup final, limiting the Bruins to eight goals in five games.
6. Kirk McLean, Vancouver Canucks, 1994
McLean isn't likely to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, but he carved out his legend during Vancouver's '94 Cup run thanks in particular to a 52-save showing in Game 1 of the Cup final against the Rangers.
7. Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche, 2001
Yes, Roy gets two mentions on this list, chiefly because of his 1.58 GAA and four shutouts that year -- including two in the Cup final against New Jersey.
8. Dominik Hasek, Detroit Red Wings, 2002
Prior to Hasek's Cup-winning playoff with the Wings, no goalie in league history had more than four shutouts in one post-season. Hasek had six that year.
9. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 2003
Some maintain he was aided by his massive equipment, but Giguere was nonetheless magnificent for Anaheim (15-6-0, 1.62 goals-against average, .945 save percentage) as the Ducks fell one win short of a championship.
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