A guy who won three Cups is only a good post season performer and something of a choker? That seems to be a bit much.
Possibly. It is all about percentages. If a goalie allows ten goals in one game is he any good? What if I told you he allowed ten goals on 200 shots? That would be an amazing performance. While that seems like a crazy example I can actually cite something similar. The original Ottawa senators beat the snot out of a team from Dawson city, I think. The score was 23 to 2. The article for this game lauded the Dawson City goalie for his incredible performance because if not for his tremendous effort it would have been worse!!!
So, what does this have to do with Marty? Does he win three cups because the Devils give him that many opportunities? Do the Devils win more cups with other goalies? I don't have an answer for that, but while there are games and even series that I credit with Marty for saving, I can point to games and series where he screwed the proverbial pooch.
Perhaps my wording was an overstatement or a bit unfair, but I think the gist of it is accurate. It is like I said in another thread about quarterbacks. Some QBs played on amazing teams and some did not, so which ones were the key to success and which were along for the ride? It is a never ending debate but an interesting one.
And I want to say that I love Marty, I appreciate him, and I think he is an amazing goalie if only for what he has done for the franchise. I appreciate him as only someone who watched, or rather suffered through, Alain Chevrier could. But I am also an historian (not sports, military) and think that his record should be analyzed without my fan glasses on. That doesn't mean I expect others to do that.