Lehtonen DOMINATES tonight. 53 saves on 54 shots!

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  1. Pachoo

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    Lehtonen DOMINATES tonight. 54 Saves on 55 Shots!

    :eek:

    Lehtonen would not be denied tonight. Despite being outshot 55 to 25 the Chicago Wolves pulled off a 2-1 win, mainly due to Lehtonen's amazing performance.

    So far in the AHL Playoffs Lehtonen's stats:

    4 Wins - 2 Losses
    .950 Save Percentage (249 Saves on 262 shots)
    1.857 GAA

    :banana: :banana: :banana:
     
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    Yeah, well...I bet Chiodo could beat him up!
     
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    Chiodo has had a great tournament too. I think he was perfect tonight, 18 saves on 18 shots.

    But Lehtonen's 54 saves on 55 shots performance is amazing, especially since the Wolves themselves only had 25 shots. The Wolves deserved to lose this game 4-1 or 5-1, but Lehtonen wouldn't let that happen.
     
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    Yes, Chiodo has been doing well, but I wasn't comparing him to Lehtonen.

    Chiodo got into a fight with Nittymaki tonight and apparently dominated.
     
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    Kung ** Chiodo.

    Two for two in fights this year, but up Emery in the regular season and destroyed Niittymaki today.

    Page 3 has the Fight pics

    I really hope it's WBS-Chicago in the finals. That would be one hell of a tight series with the goaltending for those two teams.
     
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    Wow. Just wow. This kid is the best goalie prospect to come along in a LONG time.
     
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    He just keeps getting stronger.

    Remember that he is still a kid--maturing physically, emotionally and still "learning the North American" game. He said so himself!

    Hell, he's playing games in May and started playing in prospect camp last July. This is a long gruelling road for a kid and he just gets better. He does seem to play better when the stakes are higher. Wait until he gets "comfortable" :eek:

    One other thing I'll say about Kari: When he played for the Thrashers this year there was no doubt that the team played much better in front of him. It appeared that the team's confidence and calmness radiated from Kari. Could have been my imagination (or just fantasy?) but that special quality that great goalies have to inspire their teams is evident in Lehtonen.

    It will not be long before he's playing into May for the Thrashers :yo:
     
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    Holy Off Topic Batman.

    Emery pummelled Chiodo when they fought. He admitted as much in an article run in the Ottawa Sun a while ago (apparently it was newsworthy because both Emery & Chiodo are Spezza's best friends).
     
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    :bow: Kari Lethonen :bow:

    It feels good to know that he's on one of my favorite teams. :D

    I feel a little sorry for Finnish hockey fans that Kari was still in the playoffs. Just imagine, what would have happend, if he was in goal for Soumi at the World Championships.
     
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    I love that article. Spezza got 2 calls the next day with completely opposite stories. :lol:
     
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    What is really impressive is that Lehtonen was blocking tons of 5 on 3 shots last night. The officiating was horrible in the game.

    The Admirals had 35 minutes of penalites called on them last night while the Wolves had 97 minutes!!! :eek:

    The Admirals had 18 powerplays and 9, count them, 9!!! 2 man advantages. No wonder Lehtonen had to stop 54 of 55 shots.

    "Chicago (5-2) and Milwaukee combined for 132 penalty minutes, provoking Chairman of the Board Don Levin to make an unprecedented offer: "Due to the questionable officiating which I feel is unrepresentative of AHL playoff hockey, any fan who was at Game 3 can present that ticket stub at the Allstate Arena Ticket Office, and receive a free ticket for Game 4 on Monday."

    That's awesome. :)

    Here is a post about Lehtonen's reactions after the game by a fan on the Chicago Wolves website:

    "Kari was phenomenal! I cannot believe how good he was, how about how pumped up he was when it was over? Not only is he a fantastic goalie but he's a great person, at the end of the game after he got the #1 star he gave his stick to a little girl in the stands. Completely classy move by a classy individual."

    :handclap: :handclap: :handclap:
     
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    Chicago showed what a classless organization they were last night. One of the higher ups in the organization told the refs to leave town immediately and never come back. The penalties were called that way because Chicago was going out of their way to goon it up. Chicago has one good player (Lehtonen) and they know it. He was on fire tonight and got all the bounces. That's what good goalies do. It's just a shame he did it for a classless team.

    Read Eriks recap of the game's events.

    http://www.hfboards.com/showthread.php?p=1349094#post1349094
     
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    Congrates to both Kari and Chiodo. I think Kari, Fleury, and Luongo are going to be three goalies to really watch in the future(Luongo already is).

    Chiodo is a fighter, mentally and physically. No I wish I had only got to actually see the fight and not just listen to it over the internet.
     
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    Eriks' recap sounds like some unobjective Pred fans whining unprofessionally.

    The fact is, the Admirals had 17 powerplays and couldn't find it in them to man up and win the freaking game. Now that "reporter" with a Preds logo goes on a rant.

    I do not understand how this is a sad day when this is "rewarded by a win", as Eriks put it. The penalties were called. It was up to the Ads to step up.

    This puts the rest of his "reporting" of the fact *highly* suspicious. I have read 2-3 articles done by pros with no fanboy agendas, and no one is making it sound like this Eriks guy. Now, maybe he's right. Maybe he's telling the truth. Maybe they did measure a guy's stick for 30 minutes. Maybe they did kick an official out of town.

    But I won't believe it until I read it from an article written by a grown up.
     
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    I really love Kari. I just wish our national team coach will be wise enough to play him in the World Cup instead of Kiprusoff. Or at least if they play Kiprusoff, it should be because he's doing better at that time, not because he's more experienced.

    Those two + Niittymäki = good looking goalie situation for Team Finland in the future. I wouldn't even mind seeing Nurminen there, but I think these three are slightly better.

    And the future is not looking too bad either. Lehtonen and Niittymäki are still very young, but you can also count on the current juniors. The 87 born Tuukka Rask is looking really promising and will surely be one of Finland's top goalies in the future.
     
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    Foster, Santala, Stewart, Blatny, McKenzie, etc. Not bad, and those are just the Thrashers prospects.

    No offense, but I would not be ragging on the Thrashers farm team when 3 of the Admirals top 11 scorers were in the Thrashers system last year.
     
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    No offense taken because no offense can be taken. That nice little statistic has a bearing on what now?

    Chicago isn't exactly loaded with talent. Foster has a good bit of it, but I'm not sure he's got the right head on his shoulders. Santala, Stewart, Blatny and McKenzie are all semi-decent prospects but they are all .5 pt per game scorers in the A. You won't be making me drool like that.

    They are a really good team, but let's not kid ourselves. With an average goalie, this team isn't going to be impressing anyone. That was my point.

    As for Vlad, Eriks isn't really a Preds fan as much as an Ads fan. And he's never really shown a bad homer tendency until tonight. And your whining about his whining strikes me as oddly hypocritical. It's amazing how firm your convictions can be when you know little to nothing about anyone or anything involved in this issue. Did you see the game? Do you know Eriks history? You seemed to evolve an incredibly firm opinion on one post. Bravo!
     
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    As the Amerks await the winner (possible Lehtonen v. Miller), the Rochester D&C put this in today's paper:

    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/sports/amerks/0510IP46M0N_sports.shtml
     
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    where do you find AHL playoff stats?
     
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    The one that I have used all season is www.pointstreak.com/prostats. The site is very logical and easy to read.
     
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    BTW, which stat do you people find better when looking at goalies, GAA or SVS%, and why?

    I like the SVS%, because it's easy to keep your net clean if your team only allows the other team to shoot 10-25 shots per game. Or at least it should be.

    And that's why I always wonder why every stats-site lists goalies according the GAA.
     
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    It's oddly hypocritical of me to point an obvious bias?

    I did not watch the game. Thus why I said I can't trust what he said. If I knew what happened, I'd know whether his report is accurate or not.

    I do not know Eriks history. My comments concern his behavior in this matter only, where I feel he did a poor job of reporting on the game without getting overly emtotional.
     
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    I think save percentage is much more important and telling than Goals Against Average. GAA penaizes a goalie for facing more shots than another guy.

    Lehtonen leads the AHL playoffs in Save Percentage for guys who have faced 100 shots or more, with a .951 percentage :) 2nd is Jason Labrera with a .950 Save Percentage.

    Oh, and Lehtonen is also the 2nd youngest goalie in the AHL Playoffs. :bow:

    Only MA Fleury is younger.
     
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    Is Fleury playing? I didn't think he was good enough to make the team :lol
     
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