Exhibit A in how team defence and playoff success define goaltenders:
Dan Cloutier vs. Martin Brodeur
Dan Cloutier: .908 save %, .908 shot-quality neutral save %
Marty Brodeur: .914 save %, .906 shot-quality neutral save %
Dan Cloutier: .914 save %, .910 shot-quality neutral save %
Marty Brodeur: .917 save %, .909 shot-quality neutral save %
(Stats courtesy hockeyanalytics).
Their performances over 2 NHL regular seasons were essentially the same.
This goal was forgotten, as the Devils won the Cup.
This goal made Cloutier’s reputation as a choker, and he was run out of town in disgrace.
Oh, and another major difference?
Vezina Trophies: Brodeur 2, Cloutier 0.