Stanley Cup playoffs: Marc-Andre Fleury, the worst playoff goalie in hockey

Justin K. Aller

Is Marc-Andre Fleury the worst playoff goalie in hockey right now? The numbers say so, and so do the hilarious GIFs.

It seems like Marc-Andre Fleury is settling nicely into his role as "That Goalie Who Really Sucks In The Playoffs." His latest audition came Tuesday night in Game 4 against the New York Islanders.

A brief overview of his performance:

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You can tell how Fleury lacks focus merely by watching the clips above, but this isn't a new phenomenon for the Penguins goaltender in the postseason, and the numbers tell the exact same story. We can look at this years numbers:

2013 Playoffs GA SA Svs Save %
ECQF Gm 1 Islanders W 0 26 26 1.000
ECQF Gm 2 Islanders L 4 42 38 0.905
ECQF Gm 3 Islanders W 4 36 32 0.889
ECQF Gm 4 Islanders L 6 24 18 0.750
Totals 14 128 114 0.891

Or his numbers against the Flyers in 2012:

2012 Playoffs GA SA Svs Save %
ECQF Gm 1 Flyers L 4 26 22 0.846
ECQF Gm 2 Flyers L 7 30 23 0.767
ECQF Gm 3 Flyers L 6 28 22 0.786
ECQF Gm 4 Flyers W 3 25 22 0.880
ECQF Gm 5 Flyers W 2 26 24 0.923
ECQF Gm 6 Flyers L 4 22 18 0.818
Totals 26 157 131 0.834

Or the 2011 Eastern Quarterfinals versus the Lightning:

2011 Playoffs GA SA Svs Save %
ECQF Gm 1 Lightning W 0 32 32 1.000
ECQF Gm 2 Lightning L 4 20 16 0.800
ECQF Gm 3 Lightning W 2 27 25 0.926
ECQF Gm 4 Lightning W 2 31 29 0.935
ECQF Gm 5 Lightning L 4 14 10 0.714
ECQF Gm 6 Lightning L 4 21 17 0.810
ECQF Gm 7 Lightning L 1 23 22 0.957
Totals 17 168 151 0.899

Or even the 2010 playoffs, where he played 13 games in two series:

2010 Playoffs GA SA Svs Save %
ECQF Gm 1 Senators L 5 26 21 0.808
ECQF Gm 2 Senators W 1 20 19 0.950
ECQF Gm 3 Senators W 2 22 20 0.909
ECQF Gm 4 Senators W 4 30 26 0.867
ECQF Gm 5 Senators L 4 44 40 0.909
ECQF Gm 6 Senators W 3 31 28 0.903
ECSF Gm 1 Canadiens W 3 31 28 0.903
ECSF Gm 2 Canadiens L 3 21 18 0.857
ECSF Gm 3 Canadiens W 0 18 18 1.000
ECSF Gm 4 Canadiens L 3 25 22 0.880
ECSF Gm 5 Canadiens W 1 33 32 0.970
ECSF Gm 6 Canadiens L 4 25 21 0.840
ECSF Gm 7 Canadiens L 4 13 9 0.692
Totals 37 339 302 0.891

Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Penguins, Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't broken a .900 save percentage in a single playoff year. (So close that one time though!) And when you take these numbers cumulatively, it doesn't get any better:

Year GA SA Svs Save %
2013 14 128 114 0.891
2012 26 157 131 0.834
2011 17 168 151 0.899
2010 37 339 302 0.891
Cumulative 94 792 698 0.881

How do these numbers compare to other goalies around the league? Here's a list of every goalie who has played at least 20 playoff games in the last four playoff years, sorted by overall cumulative save percentage:

Rk Player Team Games GA SA Saves Save %
1 Tim Thomas Bruins 32 67 1056 989 0.937
2 Henrik Lundqvist Rangers 28 58 809 751 0.928
3 Jonathan Quick Kings 36 77 1067 990 0.928
4 Jaroslav Halak Canadiens/Blues 20 46 608 562 0.924
5 Pekka Rinne Predators 28 69 818 749 0.916
6 Jimmy Howard Red Wings 32 86 987 901 0.913
7 Martin Brodeur Devils 29 67 755 688 0.911
8 Antti Niemi Blackhawks/Sharks 49 135 1460 1325 0.908
9 Brian Boucher Flyers 21 49 527 478 0.907
10 Roberto Luongo Canucks 42 112 1208 1096 0.907
11 Ilya Bryzgalov Coyotes/Flyers 22 78 721 643 0.892
12 Marc-Andre Fleury Penguins 30 94 792 698 0.881

There he is, dead last in the league. You could extend this group to include goalies who have played 10 games or more, too, and Fleury would still be dead last. He's been awful in the playoffs, and since winning the Cup in 2009, he's been awful with unparalleled consistency.

It's safe to say that Marc-Andre Fleury is the worst playoff goalie in the NHL right now. (Yes, even worse than his Pennsylvania counterparts over in Philadelphia.) The numbers back it up, the hilarious GIFs back it up, and who knows? Should Pittsburgh lose this series to the Isles, a Ray Shero roster move might even back it up.

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