Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens, 1971
What is it about rookie goalies and the Habs? Dryden led the Canadiens over the Blackhawks in the Finals and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP. He played in just six NHL games before taking over in the playoffs for all 20 games, then became the NHL's only player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the same season.
Bernie Parent, Flyers, 1975
You might remember this. Parent pitched four shutouts in 15 playoff games and had a 1.89 goals-against average as the Flyers won their second straight Stanley Cup.
Normie Smith, Detroit Red Wings, 1936
Talk about a shutout. Smith had perhaps the best single-game playoff performance by a goalie ever, against the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Maroons. In the first game of the semifinals, Smith held the Maroons scoreless through six overtimes. He also shut out Montreal in the second game and allowed just one goal in the third game. The Red Wings went on to beat the Maple Leafs in the Finals.
Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings, 1952
Sawchuk shut out the Maple Leafs twice as the Wings swept the semifinals. Then he shut out the Canadiens twice in another sweep in the Finals. In the eight games, Sawchuk allowed only five goals and compiled a .977 save percentage.
Here are some of the best statistical playoff performances by a goalie (ranked by winning percentage):
Player, Team Year W L GAA SO
1. Grant Fuhr, Oilers 1988 16 2 2.90 0
2. Patrick Roy, Canadiens 1993 16 4 2.13 0
3. Mike Vernon, Flames 1997 16 4 1.76 1
4. Martin Brodeur, Devils 1995 16 4 1.67 3
5. Tom Barrasso, Penguins 1992 16 5 2.82 1
6. Mike Vernon, Flames 1989 16 5 2.26 3
7. Bill Ranford, Oilers 1990 16 6 2.53 1
8. Patrick Roy, Canadiens 1996 16 6 2.10 3
9. Chris Osgood, Wings 1998 16 6 2.12 2
10. Ed Belfour, Stars 1999 16 7 1.67 3