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Brodeur will be chasing Patrick Roy throughout Cup finals

May 30, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

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There’s a poll up at CBC asking a pretty significant question (super significant if you’re into French-Canadian goaltenders):

Is Martin Brodeur a better goaltender than Patrick Roy?

It’s a topic worth investigating as Brodeur tries to win his fourth Stanley Cup — the same number that Roy won during his 18-year career.

That’s not the only Roy mark Brodeur’s either matched or surpassed this postseason:

— Brodeur recorded his 24th playoff shutout in Round 1, surpassing Roy’s 23.

— Brodeur’s playing in his fifth Cup finals, tying Roy.

— With his start tonight, Brodeur will join Roy as the only goalies in NHL history to play in 200 playoff games.

— If New Jersey wins it all, Brodeur will join Roy by winning Stanley Cups in three different decades.

The big discrepancy between the two is Conn Smythe trophies. Roy is the only player in league history to be named playoff MVP three times; Brodeur holds the notorious distinction of winning three Cups with zero Conn Smythe trophies.

(With the biggest ignominy coming in 2003, as the MVP went to the losing goalie — Anaheim’s J.S. Giguere.)

Finally, there’s the age factor. Roy won his last Cup at age 35 and retired at 37. Brodeur’s still going strong at 40, joining a select list of goalies that have played in a Stanley Cup final at that age — others included Johnny Bower, Lester Patrick and Jacques Plante.

  1. aphoticapex - May 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Roy is better. Brodeur is a great goalie, don’t get me wrong, (Coming from a Preds and Rangers fan) but I just see Roy as the better goalie.

    • eaglesw00t - May 30, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      My sentiments exactly.

      Brodeur is fantastic. Roy was just ridiculous though. To me, he was my Barry Sanders of hockey. Ala, I would watch the Lions on Thanksgiving just to watch Barry Sanders. And I would watch the Canadiens/Avalanche just to watch Roy.

      From a diehard Flyers fan that spent a year in Denver (and loathes all Denver/Colorado teams thanks to that) that is a pretty amazing.

      Ive been watching hockey since the late 70s, and I dont think anyone in that timeframe has been close to Roy.

  2. vindicatus - May 30, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Marty’s better.

  3. larryang - May 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    As a Devil’s fan, I wonder what Brodeur’s career would have been like if the NHL hadn’t changed the rules, as some of the rule changes specifically targeted the Devils (and one of them specifically at Brodeur).

    I would put my money on Roy (also Hasek) if I needed a goalkeeper to steal a playoff series though. Brodeur’s style makes mental mistakes more common and more costly.

  4. txnative61 - May 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    2001 SC finals, that’s how close it is, advantage Roy—slight!

  5. quonce - May 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Martys better.

    Both are my idols and both revolutionized the position, Roy with the Butterfly style and Marti with the Hybrid (more like Ninja) style. Respects to Hasek for his contribution style of never give up on any save style during this time period as well.

    Both Brodeur and Roy are on the Mt. Rushmore of goalies but I’ll go with Marti.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 30, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Better goalie and a better guy. Class act all the way.

    I was lucky enough to sit behind the net during a game where he was dialed in. It was incredible. I can’t think of another goalie that could make it look so easy.

  7. stakex - May 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Roy did more, in a shorter time period… hard to argue with that. Not to mention Brodeur had one of the best defenses of all time in front of him for the majority of his career… something Roy didn’t have.

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