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Goalie On Goalie Review From Last Night

Every night of the Stanley Cup playoffs, TSN hockey analyst and former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan breaks down each goalie's performance.

Jamie's number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark.


Tuukka Rask, Boston (4) - Outstanding in first period, gave Boston chance to settle in, big saves on Datsyuk and Tatar in second period to keep it close at 2-1. Robbed Abdelkader in OT, can't stress enough how poised he is in the net, makes it look easy, and rarely out of position.

Jonas Gustavsson, Detroit (4) - Surprise start, responded well, especially not busy early but showed great poise, no chance on first goal as it was tipped in front. Not overly challenged but got better and more confident as the game went on, Big saves on Soderberg and Eriksson in OT, no chance on the game winner as it was deflected twice.

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles (4) - Locked in early on, with big saves on Burns and Pavelski, explosive saves on Marleau and Vlasic in the third to preserve the lead. He better managed his crease, not as erratic and out of control as we have seen last few games.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

As if things aren’t depressing enough these days, ponder this. In the first round of the 2005 draft, the Wings took Jakub Kindl (#19) two slots before Toronto took Tuukka Rask (#21) and five slots before St. Louis took T.J. Oshie (#24). Imagine either one of those two guys in a Red Wings jersey.

At least they salvaged something when they got Abi at #42 and Helm at #132.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/25/14 at 12:02 PM ET

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Gus made some good saves but he got beat pretty bad a few times (not all his fault) that the Bruins just couldn’t capitalize on.  It is almost like Marchand was trying to throw the game.

Posted by neffernin on 04/25/14 at 02:27 PM ET

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That being said I think there’s no arguing that like nearly all playoffs, the hot goalie will be the one to take their team all of the way.  It is for this reason you gotta feel a bit bad for TB.  Bishop being down destroyed any chance they had.

Posted by neffernin on 04/25/14 at 02:29 PM ET

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