Lehtonen in AHL playoffs: 3-0, 1.33 GAA, .956 Save Percentage

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  1. Taxman

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    Lehtonen had another stellar performance in the AHL playoffs tonight, making 29 of 30 saves vs Grand Rapids. He has started in 3 playoff games so far and is 3-0, having saved 87 of 91 total shots in those games. :bow:

    Lehtonen already has a reputation as a goalie who steps up in big games (winning playoff MVPs and tournaments in Europe) and his performance so far in the AHL playoffs is just further cementing that perception. :banana:
     
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    Nickname given to Lehtonen when he didn't seem to know he was in the SM-Liiga playoffs and saved shots with ease and confidence that looked like he was a veteran of half a dozen playoff runs..

    He's developing in great fashion, HYVÄ KARI!
     
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    I haven't seen a better goaltending prospect since Patrick Roy. Lehtonen's athleticism, savy, and lateral movement are off the hook.

    :bow:
     
  4. NewHabsEra*

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    Lehtonen is definitively a futur NHL all star and I expect him to be in the same category as Luongo and Thedore if not still better... But we Habs fans have the solution to beat him... His name? Alexander Perezhogin!! :D

    He had his first AHL hat trick against him earlier in the season and had beaten him on a breakaway at his last WJC!
     
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    Yeeeeeeehaaaaaaa!!! :bow:
     
  6. SwOOsh*

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    Not trying to steal anything from Lehtonen as I believe he is the best goalie prospect in the game but Maxime is playing great hockey for Portland

    29 Ouellet, Maxime 2 120:00 2 0 0 2 1.00 57 .966
     
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    Not trying to steal anything, yet you hijack a Lehtonen thread to mention him....

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight...
     
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    Yes Ouellet is having a good tournament so far too. One thing to remember though, Lehtonen is only 20 years old while Ouellet turns 23 in 2 months. :) He is 2 1/2 years older than Kari.

    I was at a Thrasher's game at the end of the season and a fan in the stand had a great nickname for Kari on his poster. It read Kari "Let None In". :banana:
     
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    That sure is gonna be one helluva goaltenders duel in the Southeast Division for years to come.
     
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    Yes, it will be. I expect Luongo and Lehtnonen to be the 2 best goalies in the NHL in a few years. :jump:
     
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    What's his other Finnish nickname? "The weasel"? I can't remember the exact translation.

    Speaking of Thrasher goalies, Michael Garnett has been very good in the ECHL playoffs as well. He's not in Kari's league, but he's a very solid #2 goalie prospect.
     
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    I'm glad to have the 1st overall pick in the next draft of my fantasy hockey league!
     
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    Yup, I see that in 5 years:

    Montreal vs Atlanta, game 7, overtime. Perezhogin is on a breakaway, against Lehtonen...he shoots, he scores! His 6th goal of the game! :joker: :joker:
     
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    Yeah, this guy is my hero. I'm still pissed off that he left Jokerit to play in the goddamn AHL. They could've let him play more in Atlanta and maybe they would be in the playoffs now. Nurminen did OK, but the other what's-his-name goalie really seemed to play with his eyes closed.
     
  15. st_roland

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    What pool of players are you drafting from? The entire NHL? Players with rookie status next season?
     
  16. st_roland

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    Byron Dafoe?
     
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    Yeah, that's him. I always confuse him with someone else so I try to avoid saying his name.
     
  18. SwOOsh*

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    Like I said, I think Lehtonen is a superior goalie, and the same thing happened to the Oulette thread down below, someone mentioned Lehtonen, don't try and make a big deal out of it, there both good goalie prospects and it's a good thing to make comparisons.
     
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    I did check that from online dictionary. It`s "The ermine" or " The stoat" :teach: . I think both of those mean same animal.
     
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    "Kärppä", associated with quickness.

    I kind of expected this, although it was anything but fair. This takes me back to the playoffs of 2002, a fan can't really respect a player more for anything than owing him for a championship.

    Now I've jinxed the Wolves many times over, but I did the very same that spring.
     
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    question......which Montreal goalie gives up at least 5 then?
     
  22. Blatny Spears

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    That's the one I'm thinking of. Thanks.
     
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    Every players not drafted in the league.

    Guys like Lehtonen, Vanek, Kastsitsyn, etc.
     
  24. markov`

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    Huh...a 36 yrs old Theodore :joker:
     
  25. Steve Latin*

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    This thread should finally put all "Lehtonen vs. Fleury" comparisons to rest ;)

    S L
     
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