The Best Goalie No One Talks About
I will give credit where credit is due, Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur still rule supreme in the crease kingdom. However the situation gets a little murky after those two. There is some mention of Henrik Lundqvist, Mikka Kiprusoff and Evgeny Nabokov, but the best goalie nobody talks about is…. Marty Turco
The stats say it, in 371 games, he is 204-97-43 good for a .593 winning percentage. He also has 32 career shotouts, a GAA of 2.14 and a save percentage of .910.
The former knock against him was that he could not come through in the playoffs. He has won only one playoff round, but after several years of playoff disappointments, he came through last year with a playoff leading 1.30 GAA and .950 Save Percentage.
He, along with Brodeur and Rick Dipietro, are the elite puckhandling goaltenders in the league, a skill set that not only prevents goals through not turning the puck over, but jumpstarts the offense with precision passes.
Yet despite all of this, Turco does not get the credit he deserves. Passed over for the All Star game by the likes of Chris Osgood and Manny Legace and he is regularly overlooked by Hockey Canada, despite having his Dallas Stars second in the league in total points.
Bottom line is, Marty Turco does not get the respect he deserves. He should be mentioned amongst the elite, if not with Luongo and Brodeur, then definently as the third best goalie in the NHL.