There hasn't been a better goalie in the NHL over the past few days than Olie Kolzig. But I bet you didn't know just how good Olie has been. Thanks to Rink Reader Tim for pointing me to the following tidbits from the Elias Sports Bureau (which has nothing to do with the Devils forward, so far as I can tell):
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).