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BE­FORE MUR­RAY CAME along, Dryden was the go-to case for es­tab­lish­ing play­off dom­i­nance right out of the gate. He’d only played in six reg­u­lar sea­son games when he took over as Mon­treal’s starter for the 1971 play­offs, but he was fan­tas­tic, post­ing a very good (for the time) 3.00 goals-against av­er­age while lead­ing the Habs to the Stan­ley Cup. For his per­for­mance, Dryden earned the Conn Smythe Tro­phy as play­off MVP.

He con­tin­ued his dom­i­nance the fol­low­ing sea­son, fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Bobby Orr in the Hart Tro­phy race and earn­ing the Calder Tro­phy as rookie of the year. But his sec­ond play­off run wasn’t quite as suc­cess­ful as his first. While he posted an even better GAA of 2.83, Dryden and the Cana­di­ens had their reign ended by the New York Rangers in six games in the quar­ter­fi­nal.

That loss ended up being a mi­nor de­tour for Dryden on the way to six Stan­ley Cup rings, mak­ing him one of only three goal­tenders to ever col­lect that many.


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