Luongo has had way more huge playoff games than he has had bad ones, his melting is overrated.
There's nothing wrong with the odd bad game. The best goalies out there have them. However, the problem is if you have 2 or 3 TERRIBLE games in a single series. Then it doesn't matter if your last series was fantastic, and you had a couple great games in this one - it's a big issue.
What would constitute a "terrible game"? How about a .800-or-less save percentage? That is letting a goal in every 5 shots. That is definitely terrible, for playoff goaltending...to have more than one game of it in a series is really hard for a team to overcome. But in our Luongo-led cup run, it happened on two occasions:
2010-11 - Boston
Game 3 - .789
Game 4 - .800
Game 6 - .625
2010-11 - Chicago
Game 4 - .786
Game 5 - .667
So on our cup run, we had two series where our goalie gave us god-awful, terrible playoff goaltending for more than 1 game. That shouldn't be overlooked, or excused away.
Do other great goalies do that? Marty Brodeur has only had 1 series where he didn't save over 80% of the shots in more than one game, and that was in 1998-99 against a stacked Penguins team. There was only 1 game this last playoffs where his save percentage was that low. Then you have to go back to 2002-03 to find another game like that. He had 2 of those games in a full playoff run, but followed each of them up with shutouts.
OK, Brodeur is a tough comparison. How about Niemi then? He had 1 game where he had an .800 save percentage in his cup run - and that is it. No meltdowns, no multiple terrible games. He was steady, which gave the Hawks a chance to win every series. (In 2010-11 he had 2 terrible games in San Jose's first series with the Kings.)
M.A. Fleury just had 2 against the Flyers (funny how only two of those games were actually sub-.800). But that was the first time in his 75-game playoff career (14 more than Luongo) that he has had more than one game that bad in a series. And yet, everyone and their uncle will freely admit that Fleury had a terrible series and completely melted down.
...But some of those same people will say Lu's melting is overrated?
Edited by D-Money, 10 January 2013 - 10:03 AM.