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    Was there a more dominating goalie youve ever seen? Did he get into players heads? Flashback to the classic sens vs sabres rivalry.
     
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    I think it's widely acknowledged that in all the best goalies debates, Hasek had the highest prime. He was flat out dominant.

    It's arguable he was the best player in the league during that period too. Granted, Lemieux wasn't playing (and Gretzky was towards the end of his career), but the only other player during that time who could truly dominate the game was Peter Forsberg.
     
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    Jaromir Jagr.
     
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    Him too. But I still think that Hasek was the best player in the league for that brief stretch of time. It could just be the homer in me I can't count how many times I would say to myself "we had no business winning that game at all if it weren't for Hasek."
     
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    Sakic, Yzerman, Modano.
     
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    how about no

    Edit: I guess you could include Sakic in the conversation without looking like you know nothing what you are talking about but Yzerman and - Modano? huh...
     
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    Imo Roy was pretty good at dominating too.
     
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    Jagr and Hasek were considered the best players in the world back then. Lindros was also regarded very highly.
     
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    Roy was great, so was Brodeur.

    I know people will say I am a Sabres fan but watching that guy night in and night out was something else. Those Sabres teams didn't have much talent but Hasek was the equalizer.
     
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    ok fine I jumped the gun with Modano, but Yzerman no? (no homer)
     
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    Anyone remember he sabres defense from the late 90s?

    I know it was pretty average.
     
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    he was consistent posting a .930SV%, 13SO in 97-98 and 1.87GAA in 98-99 wow :amazed: i doubt we will ever see those numbers ever from any goalie
     
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    Smehlik, Woolley, Warrener, McKee, Zhitnik, Patrick.

    Looks like a pretty solid bunch to me defensively. Probably a bit unheralded.
     
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    My favorite player. :)

    I wish there was more of Hasek on Youtube but there is this:

     
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    The best I have seen...hasek was. I was not a Buffalo fan but he was so good.
     
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    How good or highly regarded was Hasek in Chicago? Did he outshine Belfour many times?

    The improvement in SV% and GAA from 92-93 to 93-94 is enormous.

    One of my favorite players of all time for sure, I started following him in 1994 or 1995 when I saw him make a great save in TV's sporting news on Finnish national television. :yo:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominik_Hašek
     
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    Sakic is by my favorite player ever, but he really doesn't belong in this conversation, nor does Yzerman. Modano isn't even close.
     
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    Absolutely.



    I feel bad for those who are too young to remember his prime. It was unbelievable, like a different magic act every time somebody shot the puck at him.
     
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    I grew up a stars fan, and the only thing I worried about in 99 was hasek.
     
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    Since I have watched hockey, the guys who could, on a regular basis, carry a team nearly by themselves.... would go like this:

    Hasek/Lemieux
    Gretzky
    Roy/Messier/Forsberg/Jagr/Lindros/Crosby/Ovechkin
    Fedorov/Sakic/Datsyuk/Selanne/Bure/etc.
     
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    "no homer".... I love it!
     
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    Yeah, goalies these days could never get...oh, let's say, .938sv%, 2.00 GAA and 9 SO
     
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    Guy was insane. I am fortunate enough to have seen Hasek in his prime. He used to make me so mad as a Flyers fan. But, you have to respect the guy.
     
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    The key word in his post was "consistent". Other goalies can put up numbers like that in one or two freak years (usually with a Norris contender in front of him), but for Hasek, .930+, 2.00 or less with 9+ shutouts was just a typical season, nothing special. And he did that with Alexei Zhitnik as his number one d-man.

    So yeah, to answer the question, Hasek was the best I've seen. He was into my head, not just the players. I knew Canada was already dead going into that shootout in 1998.
     

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