There has been no shortage of praise for Ottawa netminder Martin Gerber and at times he has deserved it, especially in a Game 2 loss where he stood on his head for most of the game.
But has Gerber really been as good as everyone is making him out to be?
Here are Martin Gerber's playoff stats so far this season.
Record: 0 Wins - 3 Losses
Goals Against Average: 4.00 (Ranked 16th out of 17 goalies in the playoffs)
Save Percentage: .905 (Ranked 14th out of 17 goalies in the playoffs)
Goals Against: 12 (Ranked 17th out of 17 goalies in the playoffs)
There is no doubt that he has been one of Ottawa's best players, but don't tell me that he has been great. The numbers don't lie.
Many fans will be clamoring for a return of Martin Gerber to the team next year but has he done anything to change his image as nothing but a mediocre netminder? Does the team really want to stake their season next year on his shoulders?
The answer to both questions is a resounding no to anyone who relies on logic as a guiding light.
People claim they love him because he "works hard". If that's the only recipe for success then how come a guy like Fred Braithwaite isn't a number one goalie in the NHL? You need top-level skill to be a top-level goalie and Gerber just doesn't have it. Giving up two series-clinching goals in two minutes to start the third period last night will be his legacy, fair or not.
This summer should be the time to reclaim and rehabilitate Ray Emery as the number one goalie going forward for this franchise. He is more skilled, younger and the franchise has developed him from day one.
In short, Ray Emery is a better option going forward for the team if it wants to keep building for the future.