50 Greatest Goaltenders in NHL History

Goaltenders are a different breed.

Let’s face it, you’ve got to be different to play the most unique position in all of sports. But as eccentric or as quirky as some goalies may be, they all share a common trait of competitive courage.  After all, the very notion of stopping a vulcanized rubber disc traveling at speeds exceeding 100 mph defines the lack of fear.

It is a miracle that no one has ever lost their life playing this position, especially in an age where goalie equipment had the protective properties of soggy cardboard.

The position in and of itself is also unique in that it’s often the wild card to the equation of competition, especially in the playoffs. It can single-handedly decide the outcome of the game for better or worse, against any foe or strategy.

So in ranking these goaltenders, I found that defining greatness in these men was also a very different challenge.

After all, what qualified you to be great? Championships? Statistics? Individual accomplishments?

In a sport with such a long-and-storied history and many different eras of play, it wasn’t easy. Of course, it stands to reason that many will disagree with this list, given the difficulty of evaluating the position.

Whether you agree or disagree with any of the selections, I hope you enjoy reading as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

This article was originally submitted by me to Bleacher Report on May, 6th, 2011.

50. Jose Theodore

During the writeup of this article, at least 10 different players have occupied the 50th slot at one point or another. Marc-Andre Fleury, Felix Potvin, Dwayne Roloson, Nikolai Khabibulin and even Andy Moog were just a few of the names deserving of mention.

Oddly enough, this slot was the most difficult to nail down on this list, but Jose Theodore deserves this position.

Posting a .931 save percentage in the 2001-2002 season, Theodore backed the Montreal Canadiens to a 36-31-12 record. His brilliant play late in the season powered a Montreal surge that brought the Canadiens back to the playoffs for the first time since 1998.

Theodore edged Patrick Roy for the Vezina and won the Hart, despite St. Patrick’s 1.94 goals-against average and nine shutouts in the regular season.

Winning the Vezina on the strength of first place votes, Theodore joins rare company as a goaltender to have won both the Vezina and Hart trophies in the same year.

His career failed to live up to that standard, however, as injuries and inconsistency have plagued his career post-lockout.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Hart trophy, 1 Vezina trophy, 1 Roger Crozier trophy, 1 Masterton trophy, 2 All-Star games

49. Cam Ward

Cam Ward entered the NHL in 2005, and wasted no time making an immediate impact for his Carolina Hurricanes. Ward was the difference in his second calender year after the Hurricanes were down 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Behind his stellar play, the Hurricanes turned the tables before moving on to face the New Jersey Devils and Martin Brodeur. Cam Ward carried the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup finals, becoming the first rookie goaltender to do so since Patrick Roy in 1986.

Winning 15 playoff games as a rookie, Cam Ward also became the first rookie goaltender to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as a rookie since Ron Hextall in 1987.

Although winning the Stanley Cup for the expansion Hurricanes may have been a great beginning for Ward, he’s made the playoffs just once since then.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Stanley Cup, 1 Conn Smythe.

What sets him apart: Cam Ward’s second calender year in the NHL had him joining hockey’s elite, winning the Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup in 2006.

48. Curtis Joseph

“Cujo” shot out of the gate to career with the St. Louis Blues, and won 100 games in his first 209 appearances, becoming the fastest to do so in club history.

Like many goaltenders in the 90s, Joseph was overlooked in the NHL draft and signed with St. Louis as a free agent. One of the best signings in team history, Joseph gave the Blues championship-caliber goaltending and confidence in net.

Joseph was as big as they got and carried his team on his back to success on multiple occasions early in his career. Cujo led the overmanned Blues to a sweep against the conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks in 1993, and has knocked off the one-seed four times in his career.

Inside the Numbers: 2 All-Star games, 1 King Clancy trophy.

What sets him apart: Cujo was a big-game goaltender who could be the difference for his team on any given night.

His performance for the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the first-round series against the Dallas Stars was superb. His desperation save against Joe Nieuwendyk in overtime was simply magical and allowed the Oilers to win on the following faceoff.

47. John Vanbiesbrouck

“Beezer” is one of the most technical and positionally sound goaltenders to ever mind the net in the NHL. His career may have fallen short of the ultimate goal, but he was often the best player on ice for his team and never let his teammates down.

The pinnacle of his career was perhaps during the 1995-96 playoffs where he led the Florida Panthers on a Cinderella run all the way to the finals.

In a run earmarked by the fateful Scott Mellanby slapshot that ended a rat’s life in the “vomitory,” Beezer was the difference maker for Florida.

It was a magical run that saw Beezer mow down the Mario Lemieux-Jaromir Jagr led Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern finals, and a glut of plastic rat sales.

One Uwe Krupp triple overtime slapshot later, the Colorado Avalanche sent the Panthers home with nothing to be ashamed of, Vanbiesbrouck most of all.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Vezina trophy, 3 NHL All-Star games

What sets him apart: The diminutive Vanbiesbrouck did the unthinkable when he backstopped the three-year-old expansion Panthers to the finals.

With a team comprised of expansion draft castoffs, and AHL call-ups, Beezer beat the Lindros-led Flyers, and the Lemieux-led Penguins before falling to Patrick Roy and the Avalanche in the finals.

46. Hugh Lehman

Hugh Lehman is another marvelous goaltender who was an innovator for professional hockey everywhere, as he was the first goaltender to leave the crease and play the puck.

Playing for multiple leagues to begin his career, Lehman finally found his home with the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. He joined Vancouver after his brief stint with the New Westminster Royals, in the association’s first year of existence.

An excellent skater and puck-handler, Lehman also won the Stanley Cup in the 1914-15 year for the Vancouver Millionaires, making them the first PCHA team to win it all.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Stanley Cup, 11 All-Star selections.

What sets him apart: One of the many innovators on this list, Lehman added the dangerous element of puck-handling outside of the crease to his team.

45. Bill Ranford

You’d be hard pressed to find a better goaltender in the early 90s than Bill Ranford, whose athletic style and tough mentality entertained fans everywhere.

Filling the rather sizable shoes of Grant Fuhr proved a difficult task, and Gretzky being in L.A. certainly didn’t help matters.

His Conn Smythe-winning year featured some ugly performances to start the playoffs, but Ranford recovered quite nicely en route to beating the Bruins for the Stanley Cup.

Inside the Numbers: 2 Stanley Cups, 1 Conn Smythe trophy, 1 All-Star game.

What sets him apart: Ranford was a competitor who could carry his team on his back, and won Game 1 in a triple-overtime thriller against Boston in the finals.

 44. Normie Smith

Normie Smith led the Detroit Red Wings to back-to-back titles in the early 1930s, the first of which was against his former team in the Montreal Maroons just three years after leaving.

During an era in which most goaltenders played a stand-up style of play, Smith was a bit ahead of his time and never afraid to flop around to stop the puck.

Setting two NHL records in the memorable series against the Maroons, Smith recorded 92 saves and shutout Montreal for 176 straight minutes.

Inside the Numbers: 2 Stanley Cups, 1 Vezina trophy.

What sets him apart: The diminutive goaltender checked in at just 5’7″ and 155 lbs, but set a NHL record for playoff-shutout minutes that stood for 76 years.

43. Ron Hextall

Ron Hextall is one of the toughest overachieving goalies of all-time, and is a third generation Hextall to play in the NHL. Fiery, competitive and never afraid to get creative with his stick, Hextall backstopped the Flyers to two Stanley Cup finals and led the league in wins in 1986-87.

Always a fan “favorite” when on the road, Hextall often times crossed the line when clearing his crease. His numerous transgressions only belied his competitive nature and will to win, as the Flyers are still looking for their next “Hextall.”

He’s also one of the first goaltenders to score a goal, back when that stat wasn’t something readily recorded.

One of the best goaltenders to ever handle the puck, his ability to be the third defenseman on the ice was a huge factor for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Vezina trophy, 1 Conn Smythe trophy, 1 All-Star game.

What sets him apart: Hextall scored two goals as a netminder and one in the playoffs and, although his emotions got the better of him at times, he was a winner for Philadelphia.

42. Paddy Moran

Before Ron Hextall ever swung his goalie stick in defense of his crease, Paddy Moran cleared the ice around his net with authority. In an era that had no defined crease, Moran carved his own—sometimes into his opponents’ legs.

Playing in multiple leagues, Moran delivered back-to-back championships to Quebec, defeating the best the Maritime Professional Hockey League had to offer.

Playing for sub-par teams that could barely finish .500, Moran’s only recorded postseason successes were the two Stanley Cup victories with the Quebec Hockey Club Bulldogs.

Inside the Numbers: 2 Stanley Cups, 2 All-Star selections.

What sets him apart: One of the few players on our list to never play in the NHL, Moran was the best of his era and defined the position of goaltender

41. Chuck Rayner

For six years, Rayner roamed the nets for the New York Rangers and won the Hart Memorial trophy in 1950.

He also led his overmatched team to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, but was denied as Pete Babando delivered Detroit a championship in overtime.

Chuck Rayner was one of the best goaltenders of his era, and consistently backstopped some pretty bad teams to success.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Hart trophy, 3 All-Star games.

What sets him apart: Chuck Rayner stole Game 5 and 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings and their famed “Production Line.”

Against a superior opponent, and forced to play the entire championship round on the road because of the circus taking over Madison Square Garden, Rayner almost delivered hockey’s biggest prize.

40. Mike Karakas

In an age where American-born players were few and far between, Mike Karakas was the first U.S.-born goaltender to win it all.

As different as he was, Karakas also relied on his baseball roots with a quick glove hand and unorthodox style.

The Blackhawks struggled through a 14-25-9 campaign in 1937-38 and, behind his stellar goal-tending, won it all the following year. Capturing his only Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1939, Karakas unfortunately toiled away his career in the minors due to salary disputes.

An unfortunate fate for a special player who carried the dreams and hopes of a bad team to the championship.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Stanley Cup, 1 Calder trophy, 1 All-Star selection.

What sets him apart: Karakas is the trailblazer in net for American-born goaltenders and, to a lesser degree, American players as a collective. He won the Stanley Cup before Frank Brimsek was even in the NHL, and paved the way for U.S. goaltenders for years to come.

39. Eddie Giacomin

Eddie Giacomin is one of the most beloved Rangers of all-time and, for the better part of a decade, backstopped the Rangers to the playoffs.

He led the league in games played and shutouts for four-straight years, from 1967 onward, and led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1971-72. With the circus forcing the Rangers to play the complete finals series on the road, Giacomin came up with one of the most brilliant goaltending performances of all-time.

Giacomin was also as tough as they came, and Giacomin showed it in a playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks in 1971. Bobby Hull skated over Giacomin’s hand and, with a deeply lacerated stick hand, Giacomin stayed in the game and finished in courageous fashion.

Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield could not make the difference for New York as they fell in six games to the Bobby Orr-led Bruins. Orr would win his second Conn Smythe trophy, making him the first player in history to record back-to-back playoff MVPs.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Vezina trophy, 6 All-Star games.

What sets him apart: Giacomin was waived following the 1974 season, and returned to MSG as a Red Wing the following year. The fans at Madison Square Garden responded to their hero, booing their Rangers and chanting Eddie’s name.

The Red Wings won that game in fateful fashion, in no small part to Giacomin’s play in net.

38. Chris Osgood

Chris Osgood is one of the most overlooked goaltenders in NHL history, with a record of excellence that his critics consistently ignore. He was named starter for the playoffs in his rookie year, only to commit a horrible turnover that led to Detroit’s ousting against the upstart San Jose Sharks.

One Stanley Cup and a Mike Vernon Conn Smythe later, and Osgood was again the man for the Red Wings in net. After validating the move to ship Vernon to San Jose by sweeping the Washington Capitals to win back-to-back championships, Osgood was put on waivers in 2001.

After a brief stint with the Islanders and Blues, Osgood returned to Detroit and in the 2007–08 season returned to form. Osgood was instrumental in the Red Wings’ march to the Stanley Cup finals, where Osgood won his second championship.

The Red Wings fell in the Stanley Cup finals the following year, denying Osgood’s third championship—but he’s still one of the greatest winners in net of all time.

Inside the Numbers: 4 Stanley Cups, 2 William Jennings trophies, 4 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Say what you will about Chris Osgood, but he’s always proven his doubters wrong and shown his championship mettle. His return to the Red Wings when Hasek was ahead of him could be one of the greatest goaltender stories of all-time.

37. Roger Crozier

The first Conn Smythe winner to win the trophy, despite losing in the finals, Roger Crozier epitomized heart and soul in the nets for the Red Wings early in his career.

In his first full season with Detroit, he became the only player in NHL history not named Terry Sawchuk to win a Calder as well as being voted as an All-Star.

Against the powerhouse Montreal Canadiens team in 1955-56 finals, Crozier and the Red Wings took the first two games before injury sidelined the goaltender in Game 4.

The great Maurice “Rocket” Richard once said that Crozier had the “best reflexes in all of hockey,” high praise coming from the iconic figure. For three years, he was arguably the best goaltender in the business, having won the Hap Holmes, the Calder and Conn Smythe from 1964-1966.

Health problems, and an unfair label of not being able to perform when the lights were brightest, derailed his once-promising career.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Vezina trophy, 1 Calder trophy, 1 Conn Smythe trophy, 1 All-Star game.

What sets him apart: Without his brief retirement following a string of bad games, Crozier could have been one of the greatest of all-time. Instead, his sabbatical from hockey got him an unfair label that couldn’t have been more wrongly applied.

36. Lorne Chabot

Lorne Chabot was a winner who just couldn’t get any respect in the early days of the NHL, as his career spanned six teams in 11 years. The argument can be made that he’s one of the greatest to never make the Hall of Fame.

Often forgotten, Chabot backstopped the Rangers to the finals against Montreal in the 1927-28 season, but suffered injury during the five-game series.

He was replaced by his 44-year-old coach Lester Patrick, who led the Rangers to the 2-1 overtime victory. Constantly overlooked and sometimes sensationalized for changing his name to draw more Jewish fans, Chabot was one of the most underrated goalies of all time.

Inside the Numbers: 2 Stanley Cups, 1 Vezina trophy.

What sets him apart : After taking a Nels Stewart shot to his eye in the 1927-28 championship, Chabot’s career derailed as he was traded mercilessly from team to team for the next five years.

Finishing with 201 wins, 73 shutouts and a sparkling 1.54 goals-against average, Chabot very well might be the most underrated goalie ever.

35. Ed Belfour

Ed Belfour was one of the most intense and razor-sharp focused goalies in the NHL. He went undrafted despite winning a championship at the college of North Dakota after a tremendous senior season.

He went on to be signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks. In his rookie season, he won 44 games in 74 starts and recorded four shutouts with a GAA of 2.47. He couldn’t deliver the big prize for Chicago, however, falling just short against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first Stanley Cup.

Awarded the Calder, Vezina and Jennings trophies in that year, he was also nominated for the Hart as the MVP of the NHL.

An underrated puck-handler and intense goaltender, Belfour didn’t always get along with this teammates but knew how to win.

After a brief stint in San Jose, Belfour found his home with the Dallas Stars and won his only Stanley Cup behind the controversial Hull goal in the finals.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Stanley Cup, 2 Vezina trophy, 4 Jennings trophies 1 Calder trophy, 5 All-Star games.

34. Roy Worters

One of the smallest goaltenders to ever grace the ice in the NHL, Worters could fill the net with his 5’3″ frame and deny the sharpest of shooters.

For the Pittsburgh Pirates, Worters was voted to an unofficial NHL All-Star team selected by coaches in 1927-28. Finishing that year second to Howie Morenz for the Hart trophy, Worters was traded to the Americans the following year where he won the MVP.

Worters posted a 1.15 goals-against average for the Americans in the 1928-29 season, and 13 shutouts as he led the team to the playoffs after finishing dead last the year before.

Inside the Numbers: 1 Vezina trophy, 1 Hart trophy, 2 All-Star nominations.

What sets him apart: Worters won the Hart trophy as the first goaltender to ever do so, during an age where Howie Morenz, Ace Bailey, and Bill Cook dominated scoring.

33. Percy Lesueur

A pioneer of the game, Percy Lesueur developed the first set of gloves for goaltenders to use in the NHL.

His gauntlet-style gloves helped transform the goaltender position, eventually leading way to the equipment we see today.

Playing 11 pre-NHL seasons, Percy guided Ottawa to two Stanley Cups, in 1909 and 1911, and was traded to Toronto after Clint Benedict’s arrival.

Inside the Numbers : 3 Stanley Cups, 1 All-Star selection.

What sets him apart : Lesueur is one of the true innovators of the game, having designed the nets and gloves for use in the NHL and played in hockey’s very first All-Star game.

32. John Hutton

Before Bo Jackson put two-sport athletes on the map, John “Bouse” Hutton starred for three different sports for Ottawa.

Posting a 9-1-1 record in Stanley Cup play for the Ottawa Hockey Club, Hutton also won championships playing lacrosse for the Ottawa Capitals and the Ottawa Rough Riders.

Playing at the highest possible levels in all three sports, John Hutton was a true champion.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups.

What sets him apart : John Bower Hutton is the only man to win the Stanley Cup as well as the Canadian football and lacrosse championships.

 31. Rogie Vachon

You can’t evoke the name of Rogie Vachon without thinking Los Angeles Kings, where he spent the majority of his career. Any fan of non-traditional markets should be appreciative of Rogie Vachon’s career, who quietly excelled for the Los Angeles Kings.

In an era where most fans couldn’t get any news of Kings games east of the Rockies, Vachon was the L.A. Kings.

How funny then, that most people don’t even remember his three Stanley Cups with Montreal, where he posted a playoff record of 15-5 and a 1.86 goals-against average.

A true pioneer for West Coast hockey, Vachon was the centerpiece for a 1974-75 Kings team whose 105-point season stood for over a quarter of a century.

Inside the Numbers : 3 Stanley Cups, 1 Vezina trophy, 3 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Vachon was the NHL’s best-kept secret in the 70s, dominating his position while playing outside the Eastern time zone. Before Gretzky, Vachon was the pioneer for hockey on the left coast.

30. Tom Barrasso

As an 18-year-old kid pulling on a Sabres sweater straight out of high school, no one could have imagined that Tom Barrasso would go on to enjoy a storied NHL career. Winning both Calder and Vezina trophies, Barrasso joined elite company as one of four goaltenders to ever accomplish that feat in a single season.

And for all the offensive firepower the Pittsburgh Penguins exuded, they didn’t win one until they secured the final piece of the championship puzzle in Barrasso.

Barrasso led the NHL in shutouts and goals-against average in 1984-85 and his 14 consecutive Stanley Cup playoff wins might never be toppled.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups, 1 Vezina trophy, 1 Calder trophy, 1 Jennings trophy, 3 All-Star nominations.

What sets him apart : The winningest U.S.-born goaltender of all time, Barrasso won two Stanley Cups but was overshadowed by some of the greatest players in the game.

29. Al Rollins

Rollins is yet another story of individual excellence, leading the league in wins and goals-against in 1950-51 for a last place team.

After six minor league steady seasons, his true mark of excellence came after being picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs to split duties with Turk Broda.

Rollins was lights out in the finals, posting a 1.55 goals-against and going undefeated in three games. Traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, Rollins won the Hart while posting a 3.23 goals-against average for the last place Blackhawks.

Inside the Numbers : 1 Stanley Cup, 1 Vezina trophy, 1 Hart trophy, 1 All-Star nomination.

What sets him apart : Al Rollins is the only NHL player other than Tommy Anderson to win a Hart trophy for a last place club.

 28. Mike Richter
It’s hard to determine where Mike Richter’s greatness truly began, in a career filled with low valleys and struggles. But to bet against the man was just foolish, as he shined on the biggest stage with the brightest of lights.As New York’s leading man in net, the pressure was always on but the gratitude wasn’t always there for Mike Richter.After allowing a soft goal to Ron Francis in the 1991-92 playoffs, Richter lost his starting job and was actually sent down for conditioning.

He would rebound and in 1993-1994 helped the Rangers end their 54-year drought as Richter reached the pinnacle of his NHL career. Coming into the playoffs, Richter and Bure had quite a few moments, but nothing quite like the penalty shot in Game 4.

Richter was an excellent goalie, who could rebound following any tough outing or bad circumstance—something not lost to USA coach Herb Brooks when looking for starters in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

His remarkable performance backing Team USA in the 1996 World Cup, and his performance in the Olympics following back-to-back knee surgeries, is a testament to Richter’s true ability.

Inside the Numbers : 1 Stanley Cup, 3 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Mike Richter is a great story of excellence from a long struggle to the pinnacle of his career. His save against Pavel Bure on the penalty shot in Game 7 was one for the ages, and quite possibly the greatest save Richter ever made.

27. Mike Vernon

had to put him in teal.. sorry flames fans

Mike Vernon is the consummate professional both on and off the ice, whose good natured personality belied his intense focus. A focus that would make itself readily available to anyone that dared to question Vernon, who was never one to mince words when pushed.

Carrying the Calgary Flames to their only Stanley Cup championship, Vernon was as “big game” as they got.  Vernon thrived when the stakes were highest and didn’t have the word “quit” in his vocabulary.

Amid a season of question marks in the media, Vernon took the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup and won the Conn Smythe trophy a year after being swept by the New Jersey Devils.

Ending Detroit’s 42-year drought, Vernon ushered in a new era of Red Wing hockey, whose dominance arguably extends to this day.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups, 1 Conn Smythe trophy, 1 William Jennings trophy, 5 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Vernon’s performance in the 1988-89 playoffs in the overtime frame of Game 7 vs. the Vancouver Canucks was one for the legends. Without his performance on three consecutive shots, the Calgary Flames would have been golfing early instead of hoisting the Stanley Cup.

He also led the Calgary Flames to the Stanley Cup over the Montreal Canadiens on Forum ice for the first time in Montreal franchise history.

26. Harry Lumley

Harry Lumley is one of the youngest and most superstitious players to ever play in the NHL, and could have been one of the greatest Red Wings of all time.

Instead, he was traded just months after winning the Stanley Cup in the 1949-50 season, and was replaced by Terry Sawchuk.

Posting 33 wins that year, Lumley put down the Rangers in a crucial Game 3 shutout that was played in Toronto due to the circus at MSG.

Inside the Numbers : 1 Stanley Cup, 1 Vezina trophies, 3 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : At 17 years and 38 days, Harry Lumley is the youngest goaltender to ever take NHL ice, and the first teenager to play in a Stanley Cup final.

25. Riley Hern

The first goaltender to win the most prized trophy in all of sports, Riley Hern played in Stanley Cup competition only after the Eastern Canada Hockey Association allowed it in 1906.

Riley won four straight Stanley Cups for the Montreal Wanderers and, although there isn’t much documentation about his career, he is widely renowed as one of hockey’s greatest.

Inside the Numbers : 4 Stanley Cups, 1 All-Star selection.

What sets him apart : Riley Hern was the first professional goalie to win the Stanley Cup.

24. Harry Holmes

Harry Holmes was a four-of-a-kind Stanley Cup champion, during an era where multiple leagues had a presence in professional hockey.

He is the first NHL Cup winner (Toronto Arenas, 1917-18) and the last Cup winner who didn’t play in the NHL (Seattle Metropolitans, 1916-17).

Playing for six total pro leagues, his career is definitely one of the most unique in professional hockey.

Inside the Numbers : 4 Stanley Cups, 8 All-Star selections.

What sets him apart : Holmes won the Stanley Cup four times, for four different teams from four different leagues.

23. Alex Connell

Alex Connell tended the net for Ottawa in the mid-20s and was the mark of excellence for many years. With a career goals-against of 1.91, Connell led the NHL in shutouts four times and won two Stanley Cups.

After being pulled during the 1932-33 season, Connell angrily left the ice and retired before being returning to the ice two years later.

Playing for Montreal Maroons, Connell shocked the hockey world by sweeping Toronto en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups.

What sets him apart : Alex Connell holds or is tied in NHL history with multiple distinctions in net, including double-digit shutouts in three consecutive seasons, and the most shutouts in a season.

22. Charlie Gardiner

Charlie Gardiner embodies the spirit of goaltending with his undying dedication to the sport and his teammates. There was no greater story in the NHL in 1933-34 than Gardiner’s swan song for the Chicago Blackhawks.

After falling to the Montreal Canadiens in the 1930-31 Stanley Cup finals, Gardiner fought through a nasty tonsil infection to lead Chicago to glory in 1933-34.

Closing out the Detroit Red Wings in four games, Gardiner never revealed his ailment to his teammates and battled through pain to deliver the Stanley Cup. His passed shortly after winning it all, to the shock of his teammates and hockey fans all over the world.

Inside the Numbers : 1 Stanley Cup, 2 Vezina trophies, 1 All-Star game.

What sets him apart : Charlie Gardiner is one of hockey’s most tragic heroes, who passed just two months from winning the Stanley Cup in 1933-34 for the Chicago Blackhawks.

21. Cecil Thompson

Cecil “Tiny” Thompson truly was just 5’9″ but grew bigger than life when the games counted the most.

His 1.88 goals-against average in Stanley Cup play defines his dominance, missing just one game in 10 NHL seasons shows his toughness.

Thompson’s finest season may have been the 1929-30 season where he won 14 straight games, and posted a .875 winning percentage.

Tiny Thompson won his first five Stanley Cup games, and backstopped the Bruins to first place six times in nine years.

Inside the Numbers : 1 Stanley Cup, 4 Vezina trophies, 1 All-Star game.

What sets him apart : Tiny Thompson was one of the first goalies to use their catching glove to make the save.

20. Gerry Cheevers

Gerry Cheevers put aside individual accomplishments and kept his eyes on the true prize in professional hockey, the Stanley Cup.

After taking over the starting role in 1967 for the Boston Bruins, Cheevers made his mark in the 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup finals, establishing his dominance by winning it all.

Following one of his greatest regular seasons in 1972, Cheevers jumped ship to the WHA and dominated for the Cleveland Crusaders before returnig to the NHL in 1976.

Dominating both leagues, Cheevers led the Bruins out of the terrible decade of the 60s and established Boston as a powerhouse during the 1970s.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups, 1 All-Star game.

What sets him apart : Cheevers posted a 32-game unbeaten streak in the 1971-72 season, and also has one of the most coolest goalie masks of all time.

19. Johnny Bower

Johnny Bower spent the prime of his career with the AHL Cleveland Barons, and repeatedly turned down the overtures of the New York Rangers until finally relenting in 1952.

After toiling for the struggling Rangers, Bower became disenchanted and returned to the Cleveland Barons. Bower needed convincing to return to the NHL after the Toronto Maple Leafs claimed him in the 1958 intraleague draft.

Thankfully for the city of Toronto, Bower did return and at the age of 35 enjoyed a remarkable level of success winning four Stanley Cups.

His finest season may have been 1967, where the Maple Leafs won the Cup with the oldest roster in NHL history. Combining with Terry Sawchuk, Bower posted a .951 save percentage at the age of 42 to win it all against the Montreal Canadiens in six.

Inside the Numbers : 4 Stanley Cups, 2 Vezina trophies, 4 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Johnny Bower didn’t begin his Maple Leaf career until he was 35, and played well into his 40s setting a bar of excellence that defied his age. His Maple Leafs in 1967 rebounded from two blowout losses handed to them by the Montreal Canadiens to win the Stanley Cup.

18. Grant Fuhr

Grant Fuhr was the most difficult goaltender to grade on this slide. After all, how can you exactly quantify his goaltending prowess playing with the powerhouse Oilers in the 80s?

One of the hardest working players on the Oiler team, Fuhr labored to get out from the huge shadow cast by the many Hall of Famers in front of him.

While the Oilers freewheeled in front of him, Fuhr stymied his opponents and came up with the spirit-crushing saves on a regular basis.

His play in net gave the Oilers the very chance to set all those records and win all those Cups, and got them over the Islander hump in 1983-84. Outscoring the New York Islanders 19-6 in the series, Fuhr gave them the stops they needed to spark one of the greatest dynasties in NHL history.

Inside the Numbers : 5 Stanley Cup, 1 Vezina trophies, 1 Jennings trophy, 6 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Grant Fuhr was the last line of defense on a team that often forgot to play it, and gave the Oilers timely goaltending that was the foundation of their dynasty.

Also a pioneer in breaking down the color barrier in hockey, Fuhr paved the way for many dynamic players we root for today. His career rivals that of any goaltender to ever strap on the gear, during an era where black players were not commonplace in the NHL.

17. Tony Esposito

The greatest goaltender in Chicago Blackhawk history, Tony Esposito holds just about every imaginable record for the franchise.

With an embarrassment of riches in net, Montreal left Esposito unprotected in 1969, and the Blackhawks claimed a cornerstone of franchise history.

Recording fifteen shutouts in his first year, Esposito fell just short in Game 7 that season, against the very same Canadiens team he left. He made it again in the 1972-73 season despite losing Bobby Hull, but fell again to the Canadiens in six.

With seven consecutive 30-win seasons, Esposito was the workhorse for the Blackhawks placing first or second in games played multiple times throughout his Chicago career.

Inside the Numbers : 1 Stanley Cup, 3 Vezina trophies, 1 Calder trophy, 6 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Tony Esposito was the first ever goalie to beat the Soviets in the Summit Series of 1972 for Team Canada.

16. Gump Worsely

Gump Worsely spent the better part of his career backstopping the New York Rangers and won a Calder trophy in 1952. Following a contract dispute for the ever-popular number of 500 dollars however, he was returned to the WHL the following season.

Called back up in 1954, Worsley beat out Johnny Bower to take the nets once more for the struggling Rangers. Failing to advance out of the first round for the first half of his distinguished career, Worsely toiled when traded to the Montreal Canadiens in the summer of 1963.

Called one of the funniest men in hockey, Worsely hated to fly and, unlike his peers, did not wear a mask.

He flourished in Montreal and enjoyed a career year in 1968 where he posted a career-low 1.98 goals-against and won 11 straight times in the postseason. Rebounding from the loss against Terry Sawchuk and the Maple Leafs a year previous, Worsely and the Canadiens swept the Scotty Bowman-led Blues in the finals.

Inside the Numbers : 4 Stanley Cups, 2 Vezina trophies, 1 Calder trophy, 4 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Gump Worsley won four Stanley Cups, but couldn’t get out of the first round in his first 10 years as a professional. He was also the first goaltender to win 300 and lose 300 games.

 15. Frank Brimsek

Frank Brimsek enjoyed immediate success as a rookie for the Boston Bruins, and is one of the greatest U.S.-born goaltenders of all time.

Brimsek was nicknamed “Mr. Zero” after posting a pair of three-game shutout streaks in his first month.

He had big shoes to fill as Art Ross sold Tiny Thompson to the Detroit Red Wings, but delivered in grand style as a rookie.

He won the Calder trophy, the Vezina and the Stanley Cup in his rookie year and immediately soothed over the fan outrage for Thompson’s departure.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups, 2 Vezina trophies, 1 Calder trophy, 6 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Frank Brimsek is the only rookie goaltender in NHL history to win the Calder, Vezina and Stanley Cup in one year.

14. Clint Benedict

Another great pioneer in goaltending, Clint Benedict fought the rules that once penalized a goaltender for falling to the ice to block a shot.

Innovator, pioneer, or genius? Clint Benedict would feign falling to the ice at times, making it increasingly difficult for officials to differentiate and call the minor penalty.

Benedict was the first NHL goalie to record back-to-back shutouts, as well as the first to post three straight Stanley Cup shutouts.

With 15 total career playoff shutouts, Benedict won four Stanley Cups for the Ottawa Senators—the first of which came directly after the abandoned Stanley Cup finals of 1918-19.

Inside the Numbers : 4 Stanley Cups.

What sets him apart : Clint Benedict was one of the original pioneers of hockey and one of the grandfathers to the modern day goaltending we watch today.

13. Turk Broda

Maple Leafs manager Conn Smythe accidently stumbled upon our 13th greatest goaltender of all time, when he went looking for George Hainsworth’s replacement in net. Turk Broda outplayed Smythe’s original target, a fateful game for both Broda and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

While weight issues dogged the Manitoba native, he was dominant when he needed to be and his five Stanley Cups prove it. If you compare his career numbers against the dominant goalie of their generation in Bill Durnan, the two are very comparable in the same time frame.

In the 1950 semifinals, Broda recorded three shutouts against the Detroit Red Wings, only to fall 1-0 in the overtime frame of Game 7.

Turk Broda is one of the greatest playoff goaltenders of all time, having played in eight Stanley Cup finals and winning five. His impact in those 101 games is undeniable, putting up a 1.98 goals-against average and recording 13 shutouts.

Inside the Numbers : 5 Stanley Cups, 2 Vezina trophies, 4 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Turk Broda became the first goaltender in franchise history to reach 200 career victories as a member of the Maple Leafs.

12. Georges Vezina

One of the original 12 players elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Joseph-Georges Vezina played 367 consecutive games for the Canadiens and had one of hockey’s greatest trophies named after him.

His 1.97 goals-against average in 1923-24 was the first under 2.0 in league history, and in the playoff opener recorded 78 stops for the shutout victory over Ottawa.

Playing through pain and injury, Vezina is one of hockey’s most heroic icons of all time. In his last game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1925-26 season, Vezina collapsed suffering from an arterial hemorrhage but refused to leave the game.

It wasn’t until they carried him off the ice that Vezina was notified by doctors that he was dying of tuberculosis. A true warrior to the very end, he insisted that none of his teammates be notified before their game in fear that it may distract them.

He passed away quietly at the young age of 39, one of the greatest goaltenders of all time.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups.

What sets him apart : The Canadiens rode Vezina to back-to-back Stanley Cup finals in the 1924 and 1925 seasons, and failed to qualify for the playoffs the year after Vezina was forced to retire.

11. George Hainsworth

Opening up the top ten in our ranking, George Hainsworth is yet another Montreal Canadiens goaltender who was spectacular in the mid 1920s. On Aug 23, 1926, the Montreal Canadiens purchased Hainsworth from the Saskatoon Crescents of the WHL, adding another chapter to Canadiens lore.

During an era where statistics weren’t exactly the NHL’s strong suit, Hainsworth was as dominant as they came. He recorded 22 shutouts in just 44 regular season games, and owned a shutout sequence of over 343 minutes straight.

His 94 career shutouts puts him third in all-time NHL history. On Mar 19, 1927, the Canadiens became the first NHL team to shut out the same opponent four straight times with a 5-0 win over the Montreal Maroons.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups, 3 Vezina trophies,1 All-Star game.

What sets him apart : George Hainsworth recorded an incredible 22 shutouts and a 0.92 goals-against average in 1928-29 for the Montreal Canadiens.

10. Bernie Parent

Bernie Parent is the only goaltender to ever win back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies as playoff MVP, but had his promising career derailed by multiple injuries. Despite drafting Parent in the expansion draft of 1967, the Flyers moved him to Toronto only to have Doug Favell falter for Philadelphia after being handed the starting job.

Trading the popular Favell to Toronto for Bernie Parent was one of the most important decisions in Philadelphia franchise history.

Widely considered one of the best goaltenders in the mid-70s, a back injury slowed his progress in 1974. Shortly after his injury, an unfortunate incident with the stick of New York Rangers forward Don Maloney forced Parent to leave the game for good.

Clipping Parent in the right eye, this unfortunate accident derailed a once promising career with seemingly no limitations.

Always overshadowed by Bobby Clarke and the Broad Street Bullies, Parent was an unstoppable force before his early retirement.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups, 2 Vezina trophies, 2 Conn Smythe trophies, 5 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Parent’s career, while short, was one of the brightest and most promising careers of all time—who knows what he could have accomplished had his career not been shortened.

9. Bill Durnan

Bill Durnan’s Hall of Fame career can be marked by many several accomplishments, but can often be drowned out in the many names in Montreal Canadiens history. Winner of six Vezina trophies, Bill Durnan’s career was relatively short at seven years—and only Jacques Plante won more Vezinas.

Durnan also set a NHL record with four consecutive shutouts in 1948-49 and backed the Canadiens to two Stanley Cups.

In 1950, Bill Durnan became the first Canadiens goaltender to record 200 victories after a 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Durnan cut his career short following the Stanley Cup semifinals against the New York Rangers where he asked Montreal coach Dick Irvin Sr. to remove him from the game. After being clipped in the head by a skate, and mounting pressure to win in the face of elimination, Durnan abruptly hung up the skates.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups, 6 Vezina trophies, 6 All-Star selections.

What sets him apart : Another goaltender whose Montreal career ended unceremoniously, Durnan was one of the NHL’s very best when he decided to retire.

8. Billy Smith

Billy had Gretzky’s number.. and he knew it

A cornerstone during the New York Islander dynasty, Billy Smith backstopped the Islanders to the Stanley Cup in the 1979-80 season.

One Bob Nystrom overtime slapshot kicked off a four-year run by New York before finally falling to the Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers in the 1983-84 playoffs.

During this stretch, nobody was as clutch as Billy Smith who dominated in the playoffs with his fiery nature and creative stickwork. He’s also one of the very few goalies that ever had Wayne Gretzky’s number as the Islanders dominated the young Oilers for many years.

Inside the Numbers : 4 Stanley Cups, 1 Vezina trophy, 1 Conn Smythe Trophy, 1 Jennings trophy, 1 All-Star game.

What sets him apart : Billy Smith set a NHL record by winning 19 consecutive Stanley Cup playoff series.

7. Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden checks in at No. 7 on our list of the 50 greatest goaltenders of all time, and I must admit it was difficult placing this man this low.

His Hall of Fame career is paced by a .743 winning percentage, he won the Conn Smythe trophy before winning the Calder, and won six Stanley Cups in just seven full seasons. Many may argue his shortened career made it difficult to warrant ranking above Hall and Hasek, despite Dryden’s excellence.

His legendary stance in net and huge frame were hallmarks of his storied career, and he dominated in the playoffs. He dismantled the juggernaut Bruins in the first round led by Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr, just one year after they won it all.

In perhaps one of his greatest performances, Dryden shut down a NHL record-breaking Bruins squad that boasted the NHL’s top four leading scorers in Esposito, Orr, Bucyk and Ken Hodge.

All this while having only logged six games total in his rookie season, Dryden is one of hockey’s immortal goaltenders.

Inside the Numbers : 6 Stanley Cups, 5 Vezina trophies, 1 Conn Smythe trophy, 1 Calder trophy, 5 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : One of the most intelligent players to take the pipes, Dryden was as excellent as he was unconventional. His knowledge of the game allowed him to be mentally prepared and ready for any circumstance. Had he played longer, he could be the best goalie of all time.

6. Glenn Hall

Often referred to as “Mr Goalie,” Glenn Hall is one of hockey’s greatest goaltenders and holds a dominant iron-man streak that rivals any sport at 501 consecutive games. One of the true NHL untouchable records, Hall’s streak is undoubtedly one of his most impressive achievements.

When you account for his playoff games, the number swells to 552, which is pretty impressive. But when you consider the fact that 16 of his 18 NHL seasons were spent without wearing a goalie mask, the record becomes extraordinary.

The pioneer of the butterfly style that we see today, Glenn Hall truly is “Mr. Goalie.”

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups, 3 Vezina trophies, 1 Conn Smythe trophy, 1 Calder trophy, 13 All-Star games.

What sets him apart : Hall was a trailblazer for modern day goaltending, developing the butterfly style and dominated for years doing it. He never once recorded a goals-against average below 2.97, and during seven years of play led the league five times in shutouts, for a grand total of 45.

5. Dominik Hasek

The Dominator is one of the greatest and most unorthodox goaltenders we’ve ever had the pleasure of watching, and his nickname couldn’t describe the man any better.

Hasek is one of only three players in NHL history to win both the Vezina and Hart trophies, and in 1998 became the first goaltender to win consecutive Hart trophies.

Hasek may have been the league’s biggest kept secret in the early 90s, and was a relative unknown when he was inserted in relief of Ed Belfour in Game 4 of the 1992 Stanley Cup finals.

While his career spanned several teams, he became the first European goaltender to win a Stanley Cup while backing the Detroit Red Wings.

His most remarkable feat may be the 1998 Nagano Olympics as he led his Czech team to the Gold medal, prompting Wayne Gretzky to label him the “the best player in the game.” Posting a 0.97 goals-against-average and a .961 save percentage against some of the best players the world had to offer, could very well rank as his greatest accomplishment

His famous “Hasek-flops” and desperation saves highlight a style all his own, ranking Hasek among the greatest goaltenders of all time.

Inside the Numbers : 2 Stanley Cups, 6 Vezina trophies, 2 Hart trophies, 3 Jennings trophies.

What sets him apart : Hasek was one of the greatest goalies of all time. In a April 27, 1994 quadruple-overtime game against the Devils, he recorded 70 saves for the win.

A record that still stands today and a mere glimmer of true greatness that was Hasek’s career. Hasek was also robbed of a third Stanley Cup following the controversial Brett Hull goal allowed in the third overtime frame.

4. Jacques Plante

Plante is one of the foremost pioneers of goaltending in the NHL, and his career numbers and accomplishments speak for themselves.

Apart from his terrific play, he popularized the use of the hockey mask after taking an Andy Bathgate slapshot to the face and breaking his nose on November 1, 1959.

Plante was also one of the first goaltenders to play the puck outside the crease in support of his defensemen, stop the puck behind the play, and raise his arm to inform his teammates of the icing call.

His play revolutionized the position, effectively adding another defenseman to aid in clearing the zone and transitioning the play the other way.

Aside from his remarkable run in 1955-1960, in which he led the Montreal Canadiens to five consecutive Stanley Cups, Plante also won a staggering seven Vezina trophies.

Yet another goaltender who followed the beat of a different drum, Plante was not without his odd quirks which ultimately led to his exit out of Montreal.

After a long series of run-ins with his coaches and members of the Canadiens, Plante was traded to the New York Rangers on June 4, 1963.

Inside the Numbers : 6 Stanley Cups, 7 Vezina trophies, 1 Hart trophy.

What sets him apart : Plante is a true innovator of goaltending in the NHL and one of the very best to ever inbetween the pipes. He was the first to introduce many facets of play we now take for granted from goaltenders in the modern NHL.

3. Martin Brodeur

There isn’t much left for Martin Brodeur to accomplish professionally, as he’s climbed every mountain and overcome every valley imaginable for a NHL goalie.

Currently the NHL leader in all-time wins, playoff shutouts, most minutes played, regular season shutouts and games played, Brodeur is also the only goalie in NHL history with eight 40-win seasons. It would take up half this page to list all of his individual accomplishments, his career has been that great.

With trends in the NHL pointing towards younger, cheaper options, goaltenders like Brodeur may be a dying breed in the nets.

After growing up around the Montreal Canadiens because of his father Denis Brodeur, Martin fittingly idolized Patrick Roy growing up. He’s gone on to tie or beat many of Roy’s records, and isn’t done as he prepares for his 21st year in the NHL.

Neutral zone trap or no, Martin Brodeur is the hallmark for excellence when it comes to goaltending in the NHL.

His skills may not be what they once were, but Brodeur may have pushed the bar of goaltending excellence beyond anyone’s reach in the forseeable future.

Inside the Numbers : 3 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina trophies, 1 Calder trophy, 5 Jennings trophy winner.

What sets him apart : Brodeur is one of the best puckhandling goalkeepers of his era, if not the best ever, and forced the NHL to adapt their rules to limit his impact with the puck.

2. Terry Sawchuk

Somber, solemn and silent, Terry Sawchuk is one of hockey’s most memorable figures in net. Nicknamed “Yukey” from his Ukrainian heritage, he led Detroit to three Stanley Cup titles in just five years and is one of the greatest ever.

During the 1951-52 playoffs, Sawchuck’s performance was one for the ages as he allowed just five goals over a eight game span. Recording four shutouts during that playoff run, Sawchuk was the force behind the Red Wings sweeping both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens en route to the Stanley Cup.

As tremendous as his career and play was, his story is one of tragedy and ultimate sacrifice in the name of team success. Numerous injuries took their toll, slowly robbing Sawchuk of his health and way of living but never stopping him from playing for his team.

After Detroit general manager Jack Adams ordered Sawchuck to lose weight before the 1951-52 season, the goaltender struggled with his weight and illness. Traded to the Boston Bruins in the summer of 1955, Sawchuk contracted mononucleosis late in 1956 and retired from hockey after a long struggle with his health.

Sawchuk returned after being acquired by the Red Wings in 1957, wearing the winged wheel for seven more seasons before being claimed by Toronto in the intraleague draft.

At the ripe age of 37, Sawchuk teamed with Johnny Bower to deliver a Stanley Cup championship to the heavy underdog, the Maple Leafs.

One of the greatest goaltenders of all time, Sawchuk could stop everything but was haunted by his own personal struggles and serious health conditions.

Inside the Numbers : 4 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina trophies, 1 Calder trophy, 1 Lester Patrick trophy.

What sets him apart : Sawchuk is the toughest goaltender to ever strap on the pads. During an age where playing goaltender could break a man’s spirit, he dominated when the stakes were highest.

In an age where goaltender equipment was barely functional and you had no backup to relieve you, Sawchuk was dominant.

1. Patrick Roy

You’ll get a lot of responses from experts and fans alike regarding Patrick Roy, good or bad. As great as he was, he committed his share of mistakes both on and off the ice. But his will to win is one thing that you cannot deny, one trait even his most ardent detractors cannot refuse.

St. Patrick may not be the perfect goaltender, but when it came to winning in the NHL he’s the greatest of all time.

His confidence and poise in the face of adversity was tremendous, and his ability to win was unparalleled. His on-ice swagger was every bit the weapon that his blocker or glove was, and nobody was tougher mentally.

Patrick Roy simply imposed his will to win regardless of situation or odds, and thrived when directly challenged.

Holding a 2-0 series lead in the 1993 playoffs, Quebec Nordiques goaltender coach Daniel Bouchard foolishly claimed that they had found Roy’s weakness. And Quebec found out the hard way that Patrick Roy didn’t just want to prove you wrong, he wanted to embarrass you while doing it.

The Montreal Canadiens eliminated the Nordiques by winning the next four games, and went on to beat the Kings for the Stanley Cup. Roy was incredible, winning 10 straight overtime contests, three against the Gretzky-led Kings in the Stanley Cup finals for his first Conn Smythe trophy and Stanley Cup.

With an indomitable competitive spirit and an unquenchable thirst for victory, Roy was his best when stakes and pressure was greatest.

Inside the Numbers : 4 Stanley Cups, 3 Vezina trophies, 3 Conn Smythe trophies, 5 Jennings trophies.

What sets him apart : Patrick Roy is the only player in NHL history to win three Conn Smythe trophies. He’s also one of only three goalies with 900 games, and also holds the NHL record with 12 30-win seasons.

Sharks Flounder vs Ducks 3-1, stumble out of Pacific Division lead – Game 77

Everyone has a nemesis, whether it be a person, place or thing it’s one factor that can completely undo you or defeat you no matter what the circumstance.

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For Superman its Kryptonite, Wile E Coyote has the Road Runner, and for the Sharks or more specifically Joe Pavelski, it’s Jonas Hiller.

Vanilla Sky finds the Sharkies funny...

Yes, once again Jonas ‘Vanilla Sky’ Hiller could do no wrong as the Sharks peppered him with vulcanized rubber discs only to be rebuked at every turn.

More specifically Pavelski, who was categorically denied 6 times, including a golden point blank shot midway through the third.

The Sharks looked flat early on, and paid the price as the Ducks jumped out ahead and didn’t look back. The Yucks may be last place but don’t tell that to San Jose who has gone 1-5 against their Southern California counterparts.

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way for the San Jose Sharks. Coming off an impressive 3-0 stretch and a dominant performance against the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose did exactly what I thought they would do against the cellar dwelling Ducks of Anaheim.

And that is, lose their focus, lose their confidence and lose their slim Pacific Division lead. All the talk of taking care of business and rolling all four lines against the Avalanche, the Sharks promptly went out and laid a mental egg.

But wait! It gets better! Did I mention Dallas defeated Edmonton 3-1 to hop back into the division lead with 89 points and the Kings dominated the Flames 3-0?

The Sharks now find themselves on the bubble looking up at the Stars and Kings and deadlocked with the Calgary Flames of all teams.

The Sharks still control their fate, but they’ll need to get their shit together on the road as they are now 2-11 in their last 13 road games. Next up is the Coyotes who get captain Shane Doan back from suspension, after which the Sharks face home and home sets against Dallas and Los Angeles, three of those games are on the road.

The Sharks have got to get back to playing focused, mistake free hockey in order to try and make the postseason. It’s time for the play on the ice to match the words spoken in the locker room.

Let’s go boys. Go Sharks

San Jose Sharks Game Day #77 – Downing the Ducks

The ever changing standings in the Western Conference will be as jumbled as ever when the Sharks head to the Honda Center to face a familiar foe in the Ducks.

Holding on to the slimmest of leads in the Pacific Division, the Sharks need their “A” game tonight if they hope to extend their one point lead over Dallas.

They’d be best served by remembering just where they were a mere week ago, sitting in the ninth spot in the West and looking lost after struggling against the Kings and Ducks.

Behind Martin Havlat’s return to the lineup, some chemistry is brewing on the Winnik-Desjardins-Wingels line, and improved scoring from the bottom six skaters has led to winning 3 in a row and 5 of their last 7 to surge ahead of Dallas in the Pacific.

But it’s been tough sledding for the Tiburones against the Ducks, going just 1-4-0, with the lone victory back on Jan 4th behind a Benn Ferriero wrister.

The Ducks have always been a thorn in the Sharks’ side, and this year is certainly no different. On paper this is a Ducks team that isn’t very deep, lacks secondary scoring and is extremely top heavy in talent… Sound familiar?

San Jose needs to continue to play smart hockey and stay focused, something they didn’t do much of late in their big win over Colorado.

So without further ado, here are my 3 keys to Game 77.

3. Keep to the task at hand – The Ducks will undoubtedly come out with some fire and try to impose their will against the Sharks. San Jose must keep their heads in the game and not play outside of themselves, which is a concern given the chippy and often dirty nature of the Ducks.

Paying the price to make the right smart play will be the mantra tonight, as the Ducks are no stranger to throwing their bodies around with 1,741 hits to their credit this year.

2. Get out to a fast start – Pretty simple right? The Sharks need to get on the board first to continue to build their confidence and extend their sparkling .743 winning percentage when scoring first.

Getting the Ducks to overextend and push the play will be key, because beating Jonas Hiller is hard enough without the Ducks clamming up in their end. Getting on the board will also help keep the Anaheim faithful in their seats, all twelve of them.

1. Back up the talk – We’ve all seen the famous cookie cutter quotes and snippets from the locker room. Joe talking about accountability, Marleau talking about how every game is a 7th game, Pavelski saying they need to play smart.

Well this game will be another chance for the Sharks to put up or shut up, because the Ducks have spolier written all over them. If San Jose does not come out and take care of business quickly, they could once again be on the outside looking in with several crucial Western games on the docket tonight.

Does the deck look stacked against the Sharks tonight? Anytime Jonas Hiller (sans vertigo ) is facing the Sharks, you can’t like San Jose’s chances. With a disgusting .944 career save percentage against the Sharkies, it’s fair to say that Shark fans think Hiller is the second coming of Lucifer.

I really really really hate this guy....

But the Ducks are still in shambles, with Getzlaf trade rumors continuing to persist, and head coach Bruce Boudreau cursing at epic speed, the Ducks look like a lottery pick is in their near future.

Having said all that though, Game 77 still feels, smells and tastes like a trap game to me. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong.

Go Sharks.

Sharks Stay Alive, Edge Bruins 2-1 at HP – Game 74

The San Jose Sharks managed to come up for air last night, holding off the Bruins for a much needed 2 points at the HP Pavilion.

While it didn’t move our beloved Sharkies into the playoffs, it did tighten the gap with Dallas as they fell to the Canucks.

Looking for more secondary scoring, Sharks coach Todd McLellan mixed up his lines by reuniting Joe Pavelski to the top line and moving Logan Couture back to center Ryane Clowe and Martin Havlat.

Jumping out to a fast start, the Sharks took the play to the Bruins until Joe Pavelski opened the scoring in the first period on a Patrick Marleau rebound off Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.

After Daniel Winnick scored his first goal in Teal, the Sharks never looked back as Niemi shut out the Bruins until captain Zdeno Chara’s goal with just 4:15 left in the game.

The return of Michal Handzus after missing six games with a lower body injury, and rookie Tommy Wingels returning after being sidelined for five helped the Sharks depth, but the third and fourth lines have got to do more to generate offense.

Antti Niemi did not have to do much in the win over Boston, stopping just 16 shots out of 17 but he continued to fight the puck all night long. Whether his confidence has taken a hit or not, Niemi just doesn’t look like his head is in the right place. Without the Sharks coming back for support, several long rebounds could have easily been chipped in by any number of Bruins.

With just eight games left and all within the Pacific Division, “Finding Nemo” is definitely what the Sharks will need if they want to make any kind of noise in the postseason.

Now just one point behind the two team tie in 8th place, the Sharks now head to Phoenix for a pivotal matchup with the season winding down to a close. After the demoralizing losses to the Ducks and Kings the previous week, the Sharks are running out of time and must build upon this win in order to make the postseason.

The Western Conference is absolutely crazy as usual, with six teams vying for the final three playoff spots in the West. And Four are shooting for the #3 spot by winning the Pacific Division, with the Kings taking the division lead after Dallas fell.

With just 2 points seperating the Sharks from another division title, and looking up at the Coyotes, Kings and Stars the next eight games take particular importance as the Sharks face the Coyotes, Kings and Stars twice down the stretch.

It truly is do or die time for our Sharkies, time will tell if they bounce back and get their shit together, or if they’ll be golfing at Silvercreek.

Go Sharks

Why I hate the Grimes Family – Walking Dead Season 2 finale recap

SEASON 4 TOP TEN WALKING DEAD CHARACTER COUNTDOWN

I have a confession… I am obsessed with the AMC TV series Walking Dead, so much in fact I’ve taken to the comics where the story was originally gleaned from.

I normally dislike zombie movies, and further don’t like “end of the world” scenarios because they usually lack the kind of writing and acting that draws me to the characters.

I feel no more for the “Alice” character in the Resident Evil series for example, than I would a stalk of celery. I have just enough interest to pay attention when the world comes crashing to an end in any of those cheesy movies or shows about some Mayan calender or solar flares..

Further, a lot of these kinds of movies and series just seem to go overboard with the gross-out factor, and when that’s the only trick your pony can do you’re just not going to make it too far.

But Walking Dead is much more than that ( as evidenced by last Sunday’s 9 million viewers ) because they do just enough to gross you out, while writing and expertly crafting characters you care about, love or hate.

And love some characters I do, Andrea, Daryl and Shane are just a handful of favorites ( was in Shane’s case ). Glenn’s asian so he gets points, AND he gets the girl to boot!

When’s the last time you saw an asian guy get some nookie in a series???

NEVER!!! that’s when!! lol

Which brings me to my current dilemma of choosing just who I hate the most out of the three Grimes’ family members. I make no small secret that I hate the Grimes Family in the series, every last one of them ( except for the unborn child in Lori’s womb ), but who exactly do I hate the most?

Where do I start? with the ridiculously stupid and inept Carl ( played by Chandler Riggs)? who is a bad actor ( yes, hes a kid, but he still stinks ) and never ceases to amaze me with his ridiculous stupidity.

I’d repeat “ridiculous” and “stupidity” again but then I’d be a lot like the writers in Season 2 of Walking Dead.

They fell in love with this kid in Season 2, constantly putting him in the way of danger and conveniently making surprise appearances during the worst moments. Luckily they screech to a grinding halt just before falling off the cliff and tumbling into a chasm of unbelievable.

While I can conceivably understand his appearance when Rick wanted to off Randall, I cannot fathom under any circumstance when Rick and Shane had their fateful stand under the moon.

The kid is terrified and indoors with adults one second, including Lori and the next second he somehow sneaks outdoors and finds the confrontation under the threat of having his face eaten off?

Please writers, lay off the Carl Kool-Aid.

Or is it Lori (played by Sarah Wayne Callies), with her hysterical ranting and bipolar personality? She is almost TOO easy to hate, with her questionable logic and callous attitude towards Shane. After telling Rick in no uncertain terms that Shane was dangerous and that Rick needed to kill him, she then acts SHOCKED when Rick tells her he was the one that killed Shane.

Let’s see.. the woman asks the man to do something and then gets PISSED when he actually does it! lmao.. Lori IS a woman! ( j/k!!!!!….. kinda.)

While I don’t blame her for finding comfort in the arms of another man ( Shane ) after the outbreak and her husbands apparent death, I blame her for everything else since then.

Giving Shane the cold shoulder, driving him over the edge, pitting Shane and Rick against one another, shutting Shane out of the baby that is possibly his, and jeopardizing her son by being an overall dumbass.

Simply put, Lori is a dumb $%## who just can’t keep her mouth shut or do the right thing to protect her son. In saying this however, she is just too easy to hate.

But no, sadly the winner just has to be Rick who is quite possibly the most confused  protagonist in a TV series ever. In every classical sense of the word, Rick is a tragic figure caught up in the world’s events and without recourse for much of the season 1.

He is expected to lead, expected to protect and is a father who claims to care about his family and do the right thing.

Sadly, he fails in every aspect as he continues to blather about how much he cares about his family and yet does everything to put them in harm’s way. He’s an idiot who clings to the morals of a dead world and somehow expects to come out of the situation smelling like roses each and every time.

His stupidity and indecisive nature is the very soul of Shakespearean tragedy, like Hamlet or Othello, the direct inactions or failure to act results in a catastrophic chain of events that unravels before us.

However unlike those characters, Rick is shackled by his conscience and bound by his morals, steadfastly holding on to the values long dead in the post-breakout world and he seems to value his own morals over his family. His character is cast as a sheriff, a hero, an everyman who is “just-another-joe” trying to protect his family in a time of crisis.

Time after time he makes the wrong decisions, or tries to do the right thing only to be rebuked by his group, his wife and his best friend Shane.

As a father myself, I am not going to sit here and pretend that I would take the same high road should my family be in the line of fire. Make no mistake that I would be saying the same exact stuff Rick does about his family, only I’d actually mean it. I mean who wouldn’t?

Who in their right mind would make the same decisions as Rick in that world?

So in this, I understand that Rick is a very different character, one very complex and yet simple who I have yet to understand. He’s brave and fearless, but can’t pull together the stones to make the hard choice when his family is on the line. He’s compassionate and caring about others he doesn’t know, and yet doesn’t hesitate to blow away 2 drifters in the bar while chasing Herschel.

Rick is a good man, but a bad father and even worse husband. Shane and Lori clearly have more chemistry between them than Rick does with his own wife.

Rick was for all intents and purposes is “bitch-made” for lack of a better term. He shunned his responsibilities, didn’t make the hard calls and lacked the intestinal fortitude required to survive in his world.

The very same morals I would admire in a man and a father normally, makes me despise Rick in this series.

Until that is, he killed Shane, who was his partner and good friend for a long time before this whole ending of the world business came about. And in doing so, Rick’s character evolves by giving in to his baser self, he no longer cares about the “right thing” he now only cares about his self preservance.

It’s about time Rick.

Rick goes back to the group and basically gives them an ultimatum, challenging anyone who questions his authority to “leave and see how far you get” His final words to the group are ” I make the calls, and this isnt a democracy ”

He tells Lori simply “I wanted it over, I wanted Shane’s actions to stop, I wanted him to stop undermining me”

And guess what? I loved every bit of it! FINALLY you’ve become a man Rick! I love ya! So while I wait with baited breath for Season 3, Rick is still the “Most Hated Character”, but he can quickly resolve his standing by continuing on his current character evolution and quite frankly being a badass.

Should he revert back the spineless, weak coward in Season 1 however I reserve all right to hate him, once more. Good luck Rick, hope your wife dies and your son falls off a cliff.

Can’t wait for Season 3!

Project 240SX – Installing EVO X Brakes

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For the time being, we will be using a Centric 300zx brake master, part number 46010-30P22 for a master cylinder bore of 17/16th. However due to the ever elusive third brake fitting, we opt for a banjo bolt solution instead.

By using a m10 banjo bolt fitting, we install another Russell 65702 – banjo straight to 10mm female -3 and another Aeroquip FCM2945 – -3 male to 10mm x 1.0 inverted flare to go to the passenger side front brake.

 

Piggyback Heaven – Installing a SAFC NEO in a SRT-4

Today we are installing the ever popular SAFC NEO into our Project SRT-4. While piggyback computers aren’t as commonplace today as they were 10 years ago, they are still quite useful for the tuner on a budget.

While I install quite a few AFC NEO’s, I don’t recommend this install for the SRT-4 due to the difference in TPS and MAP sensor voltage. The AFC NEO operates in a range from 0-5 volts, where as the SRT-4 does not.

When you add aftermarket injectors such as the 760cc ( or 76# for those domestic fellows ), you can cause all kinds of problems without a device to lean out the mixture. Using a SAFC, we aren’t truly “leaning out” or “turning down” the fuel, but rather fooling the ECU into seeing less air, thus accomplishing the same result.

OBDII vehicles such as our SRT-4 have 2 values you should keep your eyes on, the STFT ( short term fuel trim ) and LTFT ( long term fuel trim ). When the SRT-4’s ecu sees the overly rich condition created by the larger injectors and upgraded fuel system, it will decrease these values in a vain attempt to restore “normalcy”

The problem is, when the SRT-4’s STFT and LTFT reach a value of -14, the ECU throws the ever popular P0170 Check Engine Light, Fuel Trim Malfunction (Bank 1).

By installing our SAFC NEO, we can lower the airflow value before it reaches the ECU allowing us to adjust the injector pulse width and therefore leaning the vehicle out.

Tools you will need for this install :

  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • SAFC NEO
  • 10mm wrench
  • wire cutters

First you must undo the ECM, held to the chassis by 10mm bolts, then unplug the ECM terminals.

FIrst, locate your C1 connector, the fourth plug down on your ECM, it will have an BLACK housing.

Here is a look at front face of a ECM connector, the back of this connector is what you will need to pull off.

You will have to pull back on the mounting tabs ( all four ) and pull the back half of the housing off to expose the wires.

I really really really hate these connectors......

With the back half removed, we’ll start the wiring fun by starting with our ground wires. The two wires in question are brown and black, locate those on your AFC harness and find pin 18 on your C1 module.

Using your wire strippers, expose 2 spots of the wire approximately 2 inches apart. The brown wire needs to be soldered in before the black wire, and closer to the ECM.

With your grounds properly wired in and installed, we now move to the 2 power wires on the SAFC NEO. Locate pin 11 on ECM Connector C1, this pin is a blue wire with a red stripe.

Wire in your red wire and red with white stripe on the NEO harness to pin 11, in the same method as you did the ground wire. Make sure the red wire with white stripe is closest to the ECM.

Now with the power and ground sorted out, move onto the MAP signal wires on the NEO harness. These wires are white and yellow on the NEO harness, we will also be wiring the TPS wire ( gray NEO wire ) in at the same time.

Now locate pin 23 on orange ECM connector C2, pin 23 is a dark green / red wire. This wire should be cut, and the yellow NEO wire must be wired in leading TO the ECM.

The white wire is then wired into the opposite side, make sure to solder for best connection.

Now with the white wire connected to the vehicle’s MAP sensor, take your gray throttle position sensor wire ( gray ) and wire that inline with the white NEO wire. Make sure to wire the gray TPS signal closer inline to the actual MAP sensor found on the intake manifold.

Why wire the gray wire into the MAP sensor? because of the SRT-4’s 3-7 voltage range, the NEO’s normal operating range of 0-5 will cause issues when tuning fuel trims according to throttle position. Using the MAP sensor, we can tune for engine load, as opposed to guessing and hacking our way through different voltage ranges.

Here is an example of this wiring, please note the brown wire depicted is the actual gray TPS wire, and the light green / red wire is the NEO white wire. Sorry I had to extend the wires using another loom and didnt have colors available that were close to gray or white for that matter.

Now find your green RPM wire on the NEO harness, this should be wired into a tach adapter, msd part number 8913.

Connect to the gray Tach adapter wire for a consistent rpm reading based on the vehicle’s spark.

Now with your NEO fully wired up, make sure to pick up some loom and clean up your rat’s nest!!!

Now to setup your AFC NEO, go into the menu and select sensor type as “Pressure” as your SRT-4 operates on a MAP sensor.

Select the “in” value as 10, set the “out” value as 10 as well.

Go into the car setup, and change the cylinder value to 4 and set the “thr” setting to the arrow pointing up and right.

Now go into the “TH-POINT” Menu and set your throttle values to 20% for low settings and 80% for high throttle.

For example if your MAP sensor sees load under 20 percent, then it will use the low-settings on the AFC for adjustment. Anything higher than 80% will run off the high throttle map and anyhing inbetween the two maps the neo will interpolate between the 2.

Now run the NEO Harness inside the cabin, and you are all set!

Happy Boosting!

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Peyton Manning meets with Broncos – What’s next for Tim Tebow???

Watching ESPN’s live footage of a silver SUV taking Peyton Manning from the airport in Denver to the Broncos headquarters, OJ Simpson style, I can’t help but feel that John Elway is taking a huge huge gamble.

After all, how can you discount what Tim Tebow has done for that team, that franchise? The same team that was dead in the water in 2011, looking lost with a “conventional” quarterback in Kyle Orton had all but given up on the season.

Cue Tim Tebow, who enters stage right, and proceeds to stink it up. How bad did he stink? He struggled to connect on even the most routine pass pattern, couldn’t consistently throw a spiral and looked to pull the ball down at the first hint of pressure.

Some games he had single digit completions well into the third quarter, he was last in quarterback completion percentage at just 45%, he made some throws that looked like I was out there on the field, he just looked as though he was the worst quarterback to ever play in the NFL.

Until it was crunch time that is…..

Where he inexplicably led the Broncos to win after win, leading them into the playoffs and knocking off the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 80 yard catch and run to Demarious Thomas in overtime.

So it’s all puzzling to see as Elway pursues Peyton Manning, what happens if they dont win the Manning sweepstakes?

“Sorry Tim! You are still my guy!?!?!”

But is Elway really all that crazy?

Is Tim Tebow a winner? Heck yes he is…. but is he a NFL quarterback??

While I like Tim Tebow, and admire the man and the person he is, he’s just not a NFL quarterback and I don’t see him transforming into one anytime soon.

He’s a winner yes, he’s a leader of men, he’s got the intangibles and has them in spades. He’s a great runner, doesn’t turn the ball over,  and a specimen with the size and ability to play in the NFL.

But his footwork and his mechanics simply aren’t things you can wave a magic wand over and fix overnight. This isn’t Florida and this sure isnt the SEC, it’s the NFL where you can’t just get by on ability alone.

Elway knows this which is why he has Manning in town, damn the consequences.

With 50 million in cap space, the Broncos have the ability to sign Manning and instantly contend. With Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, they could probably bring Reggie Wayne along in a package deal, as Wayne’s agent has hinted to, giving them a promising top 3.

What the real question should be is, does John Elway think that he can give up on Tebow’s “X-factor” in favor for 3-4 years of stellar play from Manning?

Again, for those Tebow fans I am not knocking him directly, I realize he’s a winner, a national champion, a Christian and a guy that defied logic and proved the talking heads wrong by winning over and over and over again.

After all, you can teach mechanics but you can never teach the intangibles. Problem is, Pat Bowlen wants to win, and wants to win now and nobody gives them a better chance to do so than Peyton himself.