Terry Sawchuk is the best goalie who ever lived.
Emile Francis, during his tenure as New York Rangers GM a half-century ago, made that assertion dozens of times, as did countless wise hockey folk. Francis, now 92 and living in Florida, maintains that claim to this day. He’s trustworthy when it comes to puckstopping, because he played goal at just about every pro level, including stints with the Rangers and Chicago Black Hawks.
I can second the motion about Sawchuk being the best because of two games I’ll never forget – and which I watched in person. In both contests, he put a stamp on his greatness.
The first was a Toronto-Detroit playoff game at Maple Leaf Gardens in March 1952. Sawchuk was in the process of winning eight straight playoff games, leading the Red Wings to their fifth Sta...
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