I’ve always questioned myself on the importance of a goalie in the hockey playoffs. My first instinct was that they are very important. But how important? I took a look on the goalies that won the Stanley Cup in the last 10 years and their respective statistics.

2014 – Los Angeles Kings – Jonathan Quick (USA) – 16-12 .912 2.47
2013 – Chicago Blackhawks – Corey Crawford (CAN) – 19-5 .926 1.94
2012 – Los Angeles Kings – Jonathan Quick (USA) – 16-4 .946 1.41
2011 – Boston Bruins – Tim Thomas (USA) – 16-9-1 .940 1.98
2010 – Chicago Blackhawks – Corey Crawford (CAN) – 16-6-1 .910 2.63
2009 – Pittsburgh Penguins – Marc-Andre Fleury (CAN) – 16-8-1 .908 2.61
2008 – Detroit Red Wings – Chris Osgood (CAN) – 14-4-1 .930 1.55
2007 – Anaheim Ducks – Jean-Sebastien Giguere (CAN) – 13-4-1 .922 1.97
2006 – Carolina Hurricanes – Cam Ward (USA) – 15-8-3 .920 2.14
2004 – Tampa Bay Lightning – Nikolai Khabibulin (RUS) – 16-7-2 .933 1.71

Now let’s take a look on this season top 3 NHL goalies in term of GAA/EFF%.

1- Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators – 29-6-2 .931 1.96
2- Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens – 25-10-2 .925 2.15
3- Frederik Andersen – Anaheim Ducks – 27-6-5 .919 2.24

The average GAA for the goalies that won the stanley cup is .9248 and the EFF% is 2.041. Only Pekka Rinne is higher than those stats. Carey Price would be second. missing EFF% by 0.199. Goalies do matter.

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