Every NHL team has gone through its ups-and-downs over the years, although some teams certainly seem to celebrate much more success than rough times. And of course, some teams seem to endure much more mediocrity and despair than success.
You can take a look back on the history of the current 30 NHL teams, and you'll notice how they all had some form of success that put them in the playoffs. But reaching the playoffs isn't good enough -- you have to do more. The Chicago Blackhawks are THE team of this decade because of their three championships. The Vancouver Canucks are a mess right now because they have to rebuild after constantly enduring playoff meltdowns.
They say you win and lose as a team. That can be especially true in the playoffs, but sometimes it can take that one player to ruin a run for his team. Here is a look at the biggest playoff choker in every NHL team's history.
*Stats via QuantHockey.com, Hockey Reference and ESPN.com*
30 Anaheim Ducks: Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller's impressive regular seasons in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 guided the Anaheim Ducks to the postseason. He had to miss the 2011 playoffs due to vertigo, but was handed over the starting reigns in the other three years.
In 2009, he went a respectable 7-6, as Anaheim eliminated the Presidents' Trophy-winning San Jose Sharks in round one and pushed the defending Stanley Cup champions to seven games in round two. Hiller had an insane 2.33 goals against average and .943 save percentage.
But Hiller was a major disappointment in 2013. His Ducks faced the seventh-seeded Red Wings, who didn't qualify for the playoffs until the final day of the season. He went 3-4- with 18 goals allowed. His awful performance against the Los Angeles Kings in round two during the 2014 playoffs was also disappointing. He went 12-12 in his three seasons with Anaheim -- not good enough for a Western Conference powerhouse.
29 Arizona Coyotes: Ilya Bryzgalov
After years of being among the NHL's worst teams year-in and year-out, the Coyotes took home the fourth seed in the Western Conference back in 2010, thanks to an incredible campaign from Ilya Bryzgalov. He won 42 games and posted a 2.29 goals against average, .920 save percentage and eight shutouts.
In their opening round matchup against the Detroit Red Wings, however, Bryzgalov succumbed big time to the playoff pressure. He posted a woeful 3.43 goals against average and .906 save percentage. He allowed six goals in the decisive game seven, which promptly ended the greatest season in franchise history.
A year later, the Coyotes were in the playoffs and met the Red Wings in the first round once again. Bryzgalov posted a 4.36 goals against average and .879 save percentage, and the Coyotes were swept by Detroit with ease.
28 Boston Bruins: Joe Thornton
'Jumbo Joe' was selected first-overall by the Boston Bruins in 1997, and it didn't take him long to become a star. Joe Thornton led the Bruins to the playoffs in 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004. But the Bruins managed to win just series over those five years, and Thornton's struggles were a reason why. And in the 1998 playoffs, he was held to zero points in six games.
In 2002, Boston was the top seed in the Eastern Conference with 101 points. But the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens knocked off Boston in six games. Thornton was limited to three points in five games during the 2003 playoffs, as the New Jersey Devils eliminated them in round one.
The Bruins were the second seed in the Eastern Conference and had a 3-1 series lead on the Habs in the opening round. Boston managed to lose the next three games, as Thornton didn't score a single point in the seven-game contest. He just didn't show up when Boston needed it most.
27 Buffalo Sabres: Ryan Miller
It's quite unfair to put Ryan Miller here, considering he backstopped the Sabres to the Eastern Conference Finals, in 2006 and 2007. Buffalo came oh-so-close to reaching the Stanley Cup in 2006, but they blew a third period lead in Game 7 to the eventual champion Carolina Hurricanes. That wasn't on Miller.
But in 2007? That's a different story. Miller guided the Sabres to the Presidents' Trophy after winning 40 games. He was fairly inconsistent in the first two playoff series', but the star-studded Sabres were able to bail out their world class netminder. In the Conference Finals against the Ottawa Senators? Well...Miller posted a shaky .910 save percentage and allowed 14 goals in five games, as the Senators shocked the league's best team.
Miller didn't do his part in the opening round of the 2011 playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, either. He posted a 2.93 goals against average, as Philadelphia sent home the Sabres in seven games.
26 Calgary Flames: Dion Phaneuf
Dion Phaneuf was nominated for the Calder Trophy in 2006 after scoring 20 goals and 49 points. He followed it up with consecutive 17-goal seasons while establishing himself as one of the league's premier defencemen. However, Phaneuf was a very different person when the playoffs rolled around.
In the Flames first-round matchup against Anaheim in 2006, Phaneuf had just one goal in the seven-game series, posting a minus-eight rating. Calgary was eliminated and wasted a Northwest Division-winning season.
Phaneuf was no better in the opening round against the Detroit Red Wings a year later, scoring one goal in six games as the Flames once again were sent packing in the first round. Phaneuf had just three assists in the Flames first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009. The man just didn't score nor defend much in playoff time.
25 Carolina Hurricanes: Martin Gerber
It wasn't easy picking anyone from the Carolina Hurricanes. Hard to label anyone as a choker when they came out of nowhere to reach the 2002 Stanley Cup Final before falling to the Detroit Red Wings. They also reached the Eastern Conference Final in 2009 as a sixth-seed, before losing to the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins. No chokers there.
So we'll go back to 2006, when the Hurricanes WON the Stanley Cup. You may not remember this, but Carolina was the second seed and trailed 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens in round one.
Martin Gerber allowed six goals in a Game 1 loss to the Habs. He lost his job as the starting goalie after a 6-5 loss in overtime, where he allowed three goals on 13 shots faced. Carolina turned to rookie netminder Cam Ward, who led the Hurricanes to four-straight wins before winning their first Stanley Cup.
24 Chicago Blackhawks: Tony Esposito
Tony Esposito is undoubtedly one of the greatest goalies in NHL history. He won 423 games, three Vezina Trophies and helped Canada defeat the Soviets in the legendary Summit Series. But when it came to playing for the Chicago Blackhawks in the postseason, Esposito didn't play like the Hall of Famer we know him by today.
Throughout his career in Chicago, Esposito played 99 playoff games and went 45-53 with a woeful 3.07 goals against average. Esposito's worst moment came in Game 7 during the 1971 Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens.
Late in the second period, Jacques Lemaire scored on Esposito from centre ice, kickstarting a Canadiens' rally. Henri Richard tied it in the second and scored the game winner in the third period, helping the Habs clinch the Cup.
That was Esposito's chance to lead Chicago to glory, but he and the team fell apart altogether.
23 Colorado Avalanche: Jose Theodore
The Avalanche had plenty of clutch players during their run from 1996-2006 -- when they qualified for the playoffs every year. Patrick Roy, Peter Forsberg, Milan Hejduk, Joe Sakic, Rob Blake and Adam Foote always brought their best for the postseason. But when Roy was retired and the Avalanche turned to Theodore in the 2006 and 2008 playoffs? Well...
In the 2006 playoffs, Jose Theodore played nine games and helped Colorado upset the second-seeded Dallas Stars in the first round. He then fell apart in round two as Anaheim swept Colorado with ease. Theodore went 4-5 in the postseason with a 3.04 goals against average and .902 save percentage.
Two years later, Theodore and the Avalanche were back in the playoffs. He went just 4-6 with a 3.15 goals against average and .906 save percentage. Detroit swept Colorado in the second round of the playoffs, as Theodore fell apart when it mattered most.
22 Columbus Blue Jackets: Steve Mason
The Blue Jackets have only made the playoffs twice in their history, and their rosters looked very different between 2009 and 2014 -- making it hard to pick a true "playoff choker". In the end, Steve Mason had to be the one selected, as his performance in the 2009 postseason was a major letdown.
You see, the Jackets reached the playoffs for the first time ever back in 2009, and they faced the Detroit Red Wings in round one. Steve Mason posted terrible numbers -- a 4.26 goals against average and .878 save percentage, allowing the Red Wings to sweep Columbus with ease.
Mason did take home the Calder Trophy in 2009 after winning 33 games, but it was all for nothing after an extremely disappointing performance in the postseason. He just wasn't ready for the big show.
21 Dallas Stars: Marty Turco
The Stars were a powerhouse in the Western Conference under Marty Turco -- reaching the playoffs in 2003 (as the top seed), 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Turco registered 30-win seasons all five of those years, too.
But when it came to the postseason, the Stars netminder didn't have much to contribute. He did his part in the 2003 playoffs, posting an incredible 1.88 goals against average and .919 save percentage. But the Stars offence was shut down by Anaheim in the second round, leading to an untimely exit.
But Turco wasn't himself in 2004, posting a 3.32 goals against average and .849 save percentage as Colorado defeated the Stars in five games. In 2006, the Stars were the second seed in the West. Turco went 1-4 with a 3.39 goals against average and .868 save percentage.
Turco had strong showings in the 2007 and 2008 playoffs, but the juggernaut Stars just weren't good enough to reach the Stanley Cup. His inability to perform well under the brightest of lights cost the Stars aplenty.
20 Detroit Red Wings: Tim Cheveldae
The Detroit Red Wings were a powerhouse in the '90s, reaching three Stanley Cup Finals and winning two championships in 1997 and 1998. But before that first title in '97, Detroit hadn't won a Stanley Cup since 1955, as they consistently found ways to fall apart in the postseason.
Well, having two great goalies in Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood finally got them over the hump when they took home the two championships. But goalie Tim Cheveldae, who was the Red Wings starter from 1990-91 to 1993-94, found ways to let his team down on the grandest of stages.
In the 1991 postseason, he posted a terrible 3.32 goals against average and .894 save percentage, as the St. Louis Blues eliminated Detroit in the opening round. Cheveldae went 3-7 in the 1992 playoffs, posting a 2.51 goals against average and .910 save percentage.
His last chance to be a playoff hero took place in 1993 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cheveldae's 3.40 goals against average and .880 save percentage did nothing to help Detroit, who lost to Toronto in seven games.
19 Edmonton Oilers: Tommy Salo
The Oilers dynasty was centered around Grant Fuhr. They then moved to Curtis Joseph. Both men are among the most dominant at the position. But after CuJo left town, they turned to Swedish standout Tommy Salo, who is third all-time in franchise wins with 147. But when it came to the playoffs? Yeah, Salo didn't exactly shine.
Salo was the Oilers goalie during their trips to the postseason in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003. Over those four playoff appearances, Edmonton didn't win one series -- largely because of Salo's struggles.
Over his four postseason appearances, Salo's goals against average was: 2.23, 2.83, 2.22 and 3.15. His save percentages were .926, .895, .920 and .888. Salo did not play another game with Edmonton after the 2003 playoffs. Probably because they weren't thrilled with his playoff appearance.
18 Florida Panthers: Roberto Luongo
The Panthers have only made the playoffs five times in their history. One of those years was when they reached the Stanley Cup Final in 1996 -- so it's hard to call anyone from that year chokers. Though it may be harsh and unfair, Roberto Luongo's terrible performance in last year's postseason is enough to give him the spot on our list.
In 2016, the Panthers won the Atlantic Division and met the mediocre New York Islanders in the opening round. Florida scored a lot of goals, but 'Bobby Lou' did not stand his ground in the crease. He posted a respectable 2.05 goals against average and .934 save percentage, but Luongo didn't come through in crucial overtime games nor did he make the big saves when he needed to.
17 Los Angeles Kings: Mike Richards
The Kings gave up a king's ransom (see what I did there?) for Mike Richards back in 2011, trading away power forward Wayne Simmonds and promising prospect Brayden Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers. Richards had plenty of playoff success in Philly, scoring 16 goals 50 points in 63 games -- and getting his team within two wins of taking home the 2010 Stanley Cup.
But when it came to the playoffs, Richards didn't do much to help Los Angeles out. Sure, his 15 points in 20 playoff games in 2012 helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup. But 2013 and 2014?
Richards scored just three goals in the 2013 postseason and was limited to two points in his final four playoff games. Richards also didn't do much in the 2014 Stanley Cup run -- finishing with three goals and seven assists in 26 games with a minus-six rating. Good thing his team bailed him out, though.
16 Minnesota Wild: Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom came out of nowhere to emerge as a star goalie for the Minnesota Wild in 2006-07 and 2007-08, racking up 33 and 37 wins respectively. He helped Minnesota reach the playoffs both years, but Backstrom was another goalie that couldn't seem to play up to his regular standards in the postseason.
Backstrom's Wild faced the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round of the 2007 playoffs. Backstrom's numbers weren't all that bad -- a 2.22 goals against average and .924 save percentage, but Minnesota went home in five games.
A year later, the Wild were Northwest Division champions and faced the Colorado Avalanche in round one. Backstrom struggled with a 2.82 goals against average and .900 save percentage. Colorado eliminated Minny in six games, as Backstrom was anything but a brick wall in goal.
15 Montreal Canadiens: Jocelyn Thibault
So here's the thing. The Habs dominated in the '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and early '90s. Pretty hard to call anyone in either of those decades a choke artist. They then had great goalies in Jose Theodore throughout the early 2000s and moved on to Carey Price afterwards. None of those guys were chokers.
But Jocelyn Thibault, who came over in the infamous Patrick Roy trade, did not hold the fort during the playoffs while wearing a Habs jersey. In the 1996 postseason, he went 2-4 with a 3.47 goals against average and .904 save percentage.
The next year? A 4.36 goals against average and .871 save percentage. He lost all three games. And in 1998? A 5.58 goals against average and .750 save percentage in two outings. Hardly inspiring.
14 Nashville Predators: Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun deserves a lot of credit for turning the Predators into a playoff team in 2004, 2006 and 2007. His 161 wins and 21 shutouts rank second in franchise history -- only trailing current Preds' star netminder Pekka Rinne.
But despite being among the top goalies in the league during his time in The Music City, Vokoun had problems holding his ground in the playoffs. He stood on his head in the 2004 playoffs, with a 2.02 goals against average and and .939 save percentage -- though the Detroit Red Wings eliminated Nashville in six games.
Vokoun was incredibly lackluster in the Preds' opening round matchup vs. the San Jose Sharks, however. He went 1-4 with a 2.97 goals against average and .902 save percentage. The Predators traded him to Florida in the offseason, giving away the biggest playoff under performer in franchise history.
13 New Jersey Devils: Zach Parise
The Devils won the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003. Martin Brodeur was one of the biggest money goalies ever, and New Jersey really didn't have anyone that could be classified as a playoff choker. But Zach Parise, their most dynamic scorer from 2006-2012, did not get the job done in the playoffs.
With the exception of his eight goals and 15 points in 2012 (when New Jersey reached the Stanley Cup Final before losing to Los Angeles), Parise struggled under the brightest of spotlights. New Jersey made the playoffs under Parise in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Here's a look at his stats:
2006: One goal, three points in nine games
2007: Seven goals, 10 points in 11 games
2008: One goal, five points in five games
2009: Three goals, six points in in seven games
2010: One goal, four points in five games
Not exactly inspiring for a guy who was scoring 30 goals an over 60 points a season with ease.
12 New York Islanders: Rick DiPietro
The Islanders drafted Rick DiPietro first-overall in 2000, and was awarded with a 15-year contract worth $67.5 million. DiPietro posted a 130-136-36 record with a career 2.87 goals against average and .902 save percentage. So yeah, try not to ask Islanders fans about him. They wasted a first-overall selection and $67.5 million on a goalie who was above-average at best.
DiPietro took the Islanders to the playoffs in 2004, where they faced the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning. DiPietro went 1-4 with a 2.18 goals against average and .908 save percentage. He had a chance at redemption in 2007, as the Isles faced the Presidents' Trophy-winning Buffalo Sabres.
DiPietro went 1-3 with a terrible 3.31 goals against average and .898 save percentage. Shouldn't a goalie with a $67.5 million contract win more games than that?
11 New York Rangers: Gump Worsley
Gump Worlsey has one of the greatest resumes among all NHL goaltenders. The 1980 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee won 335 games with 43 shutouts. On top of that, Worsley won two Vezina Trophies and four Stanley Cups -- all with the Montreal Canadiens. But when he was a member of the New York Rangers, Worsley didn't exactly have similar success.
Worsley was the Rangers goalie from 1952-53 to 1963-64, and took them to the playoffs in 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1962. Over 20 playoff games with the Rangers, Worsley posted a woeful 5-15 record with a 4.05 goals against average
But was Worsley that much of a playoff choker? Or did he just not have the support? Once he went to Montreal, Worsley became a playoff hero and four-time Cup winner. But we really can't ignore the stats.
10 Philadelphia Flyers: Roman Cechmanek
Roman Cechmanek is one of the forgotten yet more underrated goalies of the 21st century. He won 158 games with a 2.08 goals against average with a .919 save percentage. He took the Flyers to the postseason in 2001, 2002 and 2003...but this numbers were far from spectacular.
Cechmanek started the 2001 playoffs, but went 2-4 with a brutal 3.11 goals against average and .891 save percentage. A year later, the Flyers were the second seed in the Eastern Conference and hosted the Ottawa Senators in round one. Cechmanek lost three of four games, and the Flyers season ended in a shocking five-game loss by the Sens.
His final playoff run in the NHL took place in 2003. Cechmanek went 6-7 with a 2.15 goals against average and .909 save percentage, and Ottawa eliminated Philadelphia once again in the second round. Cechmanek finished with a 9-14 playoff record, 2.33 goals against average and .909 save percentage. Not very good.
9 Pittsburgh Penguins: Bryan Trottier
We are sure many of you are expecting Marc-Andre Fleury to be here. If so, you probably forgot his efforts in the 2009 Stanley Cup that brought Pittsburgh its third Stanley Cup in franchise history.
So it does feel weird putting Bryan Trottier on here -- he who helped the New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup every year from 1980-83 while finishing with 524 goals and 1,425 points. But his playoff production with the Penguins just wasn't there at all.
Though the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992, Trottier scored just seven goals and 14 points in 44 playoff games over those two years. In 1994, he was held pointless in two games. Though Trottier won six Stanley Cups and came through in clutch moments for the Islanders, he didn't exactly do much in his three playoff campaigns for the Penguins.
8 Ottawa Senators: Patrick Lalime
During his run with the Ottawa Senators, Patrick Lalime was hands-down one of the top goalies in the NHL. He posted 146 wins, 30 shutouts and a 2.32 goals against average over his five years in the nation's capital. But when it came to the playoffs, Lalime really self-destructed, to say the least.
The Toronto Maple Leafs swept Ottawa in the opening round of the 2001 playoffs as Lalime posted an .899 save percentage and allowed 10 goals on just 99 shots faced. Ottawa met Toronto again in the 2002 playoffs (this time in the second round), but the Maple Leafs eliminated their provincial rivals in seven games.
Ottawa took home the Presidents' Trophy in 2003 and faced the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Final. Lalime had a mere .905 save percentage and allowed 17 goals in the series, unable to come up with the big saves.
But his most memorable moment in Ottawa? Just watch the two goals he allowed in the opening round of Game 7 against Toronto in 2004:
(Go to 0:10 mark for first goal and 1:35 for the second):
Did you enjoy that?
7 San Jose Sharks: Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov had a remarkable tenure with the San Jose Sharks, winning 293 games and posting 50 shutouts (all franchise records), with a 2.39 goals against average. He was among the league's top goalies during his time in the regular season, but Nabokov always fell apart in the playoffs.
In the 2001 and 2002 postseason, his save percentages were .903 and .904, respectively. He played porous in the 2004 Western Conference Final, as the sixth-seeded Calgary Flames eliminated San Jose in six games. Nabokov didn't do his job in 2008, either -- posting a .907 save percentage as the Dallas Stars eliminated the Stanley Cup favorites in the second round.
San Jose won the Presidents' Trophy in 2009, but Nabokov posted a woeful 2.82 goals against average and .890 save percentage -- as the eighth-seeded Anaheim Ducks shocked the Sharks in round one. San Jose reached the Western Conference Final in 2010, but Nabokov's .905 save percentage and 12 goals allowed over four games allowed the Chicago Blackhawks to pull off the sweep. Nabokov just didn't show up when it mattered most.
6 St. Louis Blues: Rick Walmsley
The good news for St. Louis was that Rick Walmsley was one of the pieces they shipped to the Calgary Flames that brought Brett Hull over to their franchise. The bad news is that Walmsley was a huge disappointment in the playoffs while donning the Blues jersey.
Walmsley was given two games of action in the 1985 playoffs, but allowed a whopping seven goals on 49 shots faced. The next season, Walmsley was given 10 playoff games, and posted a 3.90 goals against average and .879 save percentage.
In 1987, he posted a 2.50 goals against average and .907 save percentage. Walmsley posted a porous 5-9- record as a Blue in the playoffs. But again, at least the Blues got the Flames to take on Walmsley by giving up a legendary scorer in Hull. So it all worked out in the long run.
5 Tampa Bay Lightning: Matt Carle
Matt Carle was a solid top-four defencemen during his days with the Tampa Bay Lightning, helping them finish second in the Atlantic Division every year from 2014-2016. But when it came to the playoffs, Carle was a major liability for the Lightning and was undoubtedly a weak link on the team.
In Tampa Bay's first-round matchup against the Montreal Canadiens, Carle had just one point and posted a minus-three rating. The Lightning advanced to the Stanley Cup Final a year later, but Carle only had three assists and a minus-10 rating in the 25 playoff games he suited up for.
A year later, he had just five points in 14 playoff games as the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final. Carle just didn't seem to handle the playoff pressure well.
4 Toronto Maple Leafs: Allan Bester
Allan Bester spent 10 seasons in the NHL as a goalie, and was a nice underdog story -- being listed at 5-foot-7, 154 pounds. Bester had the chance to guide the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup in 1988 and 1990 -- taking them to the playoffs all three years. But Bester didn't exactly play his best hockey in the postseason -- not even close.
Bester was the Maple Leafs starting goalie for their first-round matchup with the Detroit Red Wings in 1988. He allowed 21 goals on 114 shots faced -- accounting for a woeful 4.98 goals against average and .844 save percentage. Detroit sent home Toronto in six games. He got the chance to redeem himself in the 1990 playoffs.
Facing the St. Louis Blues in the first round, Bester fell apart again with a 4.29 goals against average and .833 save percentage. St. Louis dispatched Toronto in five games. So yeah, Bester didn't exactly save his best for the playoffs.
3 Vancouver Canucks: Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo is the Canucks' all-time leader in goals and shutouts. After the team missed the playoffs in 2006, 'Bobby Lou' led them to Northwest Division titles in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. But the reason Luongo is now with the Florida Panthers is because he simply hated playing in the demanding market of Vancouver, where the fans and media were dogging him constantly.
Though you have to feel sympathy for Luongo, he truly did not come through in the playoffs when it mattered most. During his time with the Canucks, he had a mere 32-31 record with a pedestrian .916 save percentage.
With Vancouver facing elimination in Game 6, 2009 of the second round against the Chicago Blackhawks, Luongo gave up seven goals in the loss. A year later, Chicago scored 21 goals in six games on Luongo, and the 'Hawks once again eliminated the Canucks in round two. And in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against Boston? Luongo allowed eight goals in Game 3 and a trio in the decisive Game 7. He was replaced by Cory Schneider after two games in the 2012 and 2013 playoffs -- where the Canucks were sent home in round 1 both times.
It's sad, but Luongo will be more remembered for his playoff meltdowns than his success in Vancouver.
2 Washington Capitals: Pete Peeters
Just a side note, I love this guy's name.
Pete Peeters was a solid goalie in the '80s for both the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. Peeters finished with 246 wins and 21 shutouts in 489 career games. But when it came to being the Capitals goalie in the postseason, Peeters wasn't exactly up for the challenge.
After a respectable performance in the 1986 playoffs, Peeters failed to deliver again in the big games. He had a 3.00 goals against average and .882 save percentage in three playoff games in 1987. In 1988, Peeters had a 3.12 goals against average and .896 save percentage. Peeters had one last chance to redeem himself in 1989. But he posted a 4.01 goals against average and .854 save percentage in six games.
1 Winnipeg Jets: Ondrej Pavelec
The new Winnipeg Jets franchise has only made the playoffs once since relocating from Atlanta for the 2011-12 season. So with that, there weren't too many options to choose from. But here is goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
Winnipeg faced the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2015 playoffs. Many thought the Jets would be a challenge with their talented roster that included Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Mark Scheifele, Drew Stafford and Bryan Little. Boy, were they wrong.
Winnipeg blew third period leads in Games 1, 2 and 3 -- paving the way for Anaheim to pull off an easy first-round sweep. Pavelec was to blame for that -- posting a 3.73 goals against average and .891 save percentage. Those are not numbers a playoff team can get from their goalie, especially if they want to win games.
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