When Was the Last a Time a Backup Goalie Won the Cup

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    ... or significantly contributed to winning the cup?

    I’m talking true backups, not the Fleury/Murray situation where the team clearly has a 1A/1B situation and has a “backup” that would be a starter on other NHL clubs.

    I can’t really think of it happening anytime recently.
     
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    Didn’t Cam Ward start as the backup when Carolina won the cup
     
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    Cam Ward played in 28 games and posted an .882 save percentage in 2005-'06, and then parlayed one Cup run into being a thoroughly pedestrian 'tender in Carolina's net for the next dozen years.
     
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    Scott Darling for the Hawks , Bryzgalov for the Ducks come to mind playing well for a round .

    Both later became starters which didn't work out for their new teams.

    Well a backup during the season that became a starter in the playoffs is probably Ward .

    Also wasn't Huet the starter when the 2010 playoffs started and Niemi took over during the playoffs ?
     
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    Didnt Murray only play 13 games in the season for his first Cup? Was he really a 1B?
     
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    Osgood imo
     
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    Matt Murray
     
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    Matt murray or cam ward
     
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    Yeah good call I guess. I never saw him come up into the league, he seemed like one of those "come out of nowhere straight to starting goalie" types, but makes sense he was pretty much a backup at the time.

    In my head I was thinking of a journeyman backup.
     
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    Ken Dryden did it.He won a Conn Smythe and then won the rookie of the yr in the next season.Has never been done before or again.
     
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    I only just kinda recalled this as well, even though Ozzie and Hasek were kinda 1A/1B that season, but Hasek was the one expected to lead the way in the playoffs but was just too inconsistent while Osgood had been excellent that entire season.

    As for Murray - it's true that he was starting because Fleury was hurt (and Murray himself actually missed a game as well due to injury, thus Playoff Game Winning Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff is a real thing), but he was performing well enough down the stretch in the regular season and then in the playoffs as well that there wasn't much controversy over whether he should remain in net. It was a big source of curiosity when Fleury was given the one start he was given, and when it didn't go too well for him, Sullivan turned back to Murray and, well, it didn't end too well for my avatar but it did end well for Murray's team.
     
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    Yeah he only played a handful of games in the regular season, no way he was a 1B. It only became a 1A/1B situation because Murray won the cup.
     
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    Murray didn't really come out of nowhere. It's true that he wasn't a highly-regarded prospect when he was drafted, but the season before he won the Cup he posted record-breaking stats in the AHL and won several end-of-season awards. The Penguins knew what they had, even if he wasn't getting much buzz elsewhere in the league.
     
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    niemi in 2010?
     
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    I'll say Matt Murray, but only in 2016. This was a little different of a situation. Fleury was injured and Murray stepped in and played in the playoffs for them. Fleury came back, had a bad game and then they went back with Murray. It turned out the kid could play net alright.

    In 2017 it was a split between them as they played close to the same regular season games but this time it was Murray injured and Fleury filling in. Murray took over for the last two rounds. So by then I don't think Murray was a back-up, but in 2016 he was.
     
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    In fact every year the Wings won the Cup with Osgood on the roster he played more games in the regular season than any other goalie they had, including in '97 when Vernon won the Conn Smythe.
     
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    Niemi took over halfway through the season from Cristobal Huet. He was the #1 at that point.
     
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    I’m disappointed in you history of hockey. Nobody has mentioned lester Patrick yet. The rangers coach in 1928 had to fill in as goalie in game 2 of the Stanley cup finals. Saved 18 of 19 shots and won the game in overtime. Oh, Patrick was 45 at the time.
     
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    IIRC, while Osgood was much better that season, his playing more games than Hasek (they actually both started exactly 40 games) had more to with Hasek missing some time with injuries and Osgood being unusually healthy. Otherwise the split probably would've been somewhere in the realm of 45-50 games for Hasek and 30-35 for Osgood.
     
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    Bryzgalov didn't work out for Phoenix? He made the playoffs with the team both in 2010 and 2011 and in 2010 he was runner-up for the Vezina and 5th in Hart voting. I would say he had pretty successful stint in the desert. Yes, he didn't set the playoffs on fire with Phoenix but I don't know how much of that was his fault because I didn't watch the team.
     
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    Bryzgalov worked out fantastic for the Coyotes as a starter. Three of his four years as the 'Yotes starter he posted a save percentage of .920 or better.
     

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