slappybrown wrote:Which is the problem. Its extremely difficult to win a Cup when the other team is basically gifted a couple games in a 7 game series because they can rely on a horrifying meltdown or two or three.
Difficult, but not impossible. Here's his game log for the 2009 SCF:
Game 1: Stopped 27 of 30 shots (.900) in a 3-1 loss.
Game 2: Stopped 23 of 26 shots (.885) in a 3-1 loss.
Game 3: Stopped 27 of 29 shots (.931) in a 4-2 win. One goal against was scored on the power play.
Game 4: Stopped 37 of 39 shots (.949) in a 4-2 win.
Game 5: Stopped 16 of 21 shots (.762) in a 5-0 loss. Three goals against were scored on the power play, and he was pulled 35:40 into the game.
Game 6: Stopped 25 of 26 shots (.962) in a 2-1 win.
Game 7: Stopped 23 of 24 shots (.958) in a 2-1 win.
His play in the four wins was absolutely incredible, which is why I find it ridiculous that people think he contributed nothing to their Stanley Cup win or that they won in spite of him. And his play in the 3 losses was poor, following a similar model to the rest of his career.
The difficulty in this is that the team needs to be able to show up when Fleury puts in his good games, which means they really can't afford to have an off game because you don't know which goalie will show up.