It's been turn-back-the-clock week for Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig. The second-winningest goalie in the NHL from 1999-2003 made 44 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Panthers on Monday night, two days after a 41-save, 3-1 win over the Rangers. Over the last quarter-century, no other goaltender posted victories allowing fewer than two goals with 40 or more saves over a span of three days.Awed enough? Of course not - here are more Olaf the Goalaf stats, these from The Peerless Prognosticator:
But this kicker blew us away: During that 25-year period, only one other goalie did so over a span of four days, and it was Kolzig's goaltending partner on the Capitals, Brent Johnson. And Johnson did it twice over a three-week span late last season (March 29-April 1 and April 15-18).
And, in case you’re still paying attention, Olaf Kolzig is (with the loud exception of the Ottawa game) in something of a zone. In his last seven starts, he is 4-1-1 (he got a no-decision against Ottawa), 2.56, .938. He’s faced 41.1 shots per 60 minutes over that stretch, which is quite a workload. If that was 31.1 shots per game -- with the same save percentage -- that GAA would be 1.83 (something to think about).