Which Cechmanek
will show up in the playoffs?

The Flyers Roman Cechmanek has struggled in the postseason, leaving many to wonder whether he is capable of winning the Cup.

Updated: April 4, 2003, 3:20 PM ET
By by Ethan D. Cooperson, STATS, Inc.
It is a question that resonates throughout Philadelphia, perhaps as familiar as what's the best place for cheesesteak? With the NHL playoffs only days away, nervous Flyers fans once again are asking each other: is Roman Cechmanek the goaltender to take Philadelphia to the Stanley Cup?

Well, if you looked at nothing but this season's statistics, you'd be baffled as to why there's even a question whether Cechmanek is a top-notch NHL netminder. In 2002-03, the third-year Czech ranks second in the league in goals-against average (1.84), third in save percentage (.925) and tied for sixth in shutouts (6). With Cechmanek at the helm, the Flyers lead the league in goals-against average, at 2.00. And don't think for a second that the 32-year-old is simply a one-year wonder. In fact, over the course of his three NHL seasons, Cechmanek has compiled sparkling regular-season numbers.


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