Mondi wrote:Yeah, and in this case Luongo had better teams than the goalies listed (save MAF). And he still didn't win a Cup.
Clearly he didn't though.
Outside of one game against Chicago and the SCF against Boston Luongo was amazing in the 2010-11 playoffs. The SCF is inexcusable, though Vigneault proved himself to be a complete bust as a coach when he kept letting Louie have the starts, especially considering his track record against teams that manage to get in his head.....Schneider would have stolen one game in Boston. But that is neither here nor there.
The LA Kings STEAMROLLED the playoffs. If the Canucks were so much better than them then they should have posted, at a minimum, a 16-2 record enroute to a Cup. They didn't.
Not gonna argue that Thomas had a better team in front of him. He didn't. He had a bigger more responsible defense and the Canucks were just too beat up to even play anymore at that point, so it could be said that it came down to Lou versus the Bruins and Lou came up short. I guess that's bound to happen when you ask one guy to hold off 18 attackers.
Niemi was a fluke artist. We've all seen his performance since 2009-10. His Cup winning Hawks were arguable one of the most stacked teams to win it in recent history. The next year proved it when they had to blow up their team due to salary constraints. Niemi ended up on another NHL powerhouse, the Sharks, we all know their track record in the post season. Big players shit the bed and don't perform, goalie goes home with the rest of the team. Ironically, Bieksa's series winning goal in the WCF was a fluke which nobody faults Niemi on as he had no idea where the puck was and played it as best he could taking away 90% of the bottom of the net, that wobbler just found its way in.....had that been the Sharks scoring on Luongo Vancouver fans would have crucified Louie for that goal.
Regardless, if the Canucks were so much better than those other SC winners, then obviously the Canucks should have 3 banners in the rafters as those are the 3 teams that ousted them from the playoffs and went on to take home the Cup. The last 3 Cups as a matter of fact.