Michel Villeneuve thinks so.
The provocative host of CKAC’s afternoon drive show, Les amateurs de sports, made that claim today.
Villeneuve believes Jaro Halak’s playoff performances to date are better than anything accomplished by Georges Vézina, Bill Durnan, Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden and the holiest of holies, the stingiest of stingies, the great Patrick Roy.
Villeneuve bases his assessment on how Halak has played in the five elimination games the Canadiens have faced in two rounds: three win-or-go-homes against Washington, two against Pittsburgh.
Jaro’s GAA: 1.60
Facing a average of 42 shots per do-or-die game, his save percentage is 96.2.
Those numbers are just STUPID!
Villeneuve also suggests we factor in the quality of opposition firing all those shots.
Yes, the Bruins were a powerhouse in 1971, when Dryden stoned them.
But in 1986 and 1993, St. Patrick didn’t face players as dangerous as Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green, Semin, Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Gonchar and Letang – playing without a red line and under rules designed to promote offence and protect Sidney Crosby.
As to the merits of the goaltenders’ supporting casts, I’ll leave that assessment to the Commentariat.
Anyway, something to chew over on an off-day.
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