McLennan's Post 2 Post: Rask strong, Reimer shaky on Monday

Jamie McLennan
5/7/2013 3:08:06 AM
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Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL on TSN analyst and former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan ranks the netminders after each game night.

Number values assigned are out of five with five being the best performance.

Tuukka Rask - 4 - Rask was very strong all game. He was good with his rebounds and made some very big saves on James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul early on. The Leafs were targeting his blocker side and he was up to the task all night.

James Reimer - 2 - I'm sure he would like Adam McQuaids goal back. He also had some rebound issues on a few shots. His crease management was better last game and he was deep on plays and got caught down early on some shots.

Jimmy Howard - 3 - Howard was solid all night long. He wasn't tested half as much as Jonas Hiller but had the answer on Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf when it counted.

Jonas Hiller - 3 - Hiller hesitated on the game-winning goal to get in either a foot race or poke. He ended up poking, but lucky bounce off Allen to come back to the net and the rebound beats him. He was the only reason that the Ducks were in it; under siege all night

Jonathan Quick - 3 - Quick made a big save with three minutes left to preserve win, but was still overactive in net, getting caught out while second shots are getting the best of him because of his positioning after the first shot.

Brian Elliott - 2 - Elliott didn't have a lot of help on the goals against, as they were back door plays, breakaways and deflections. Elliott has had the big save at the right time to overcome that so far, did not tonight.

Henrik Lundqvist - 3 - Lundqvist had a huge stand at the end to preserve the win. Playing a deeper game sometimes walks a fine line because there is no room for error and he was deep on both goals against.

Braden Holtby - 2 - Holtby was deep and came off the post on the Boyle short side goal. Overall he was not as efficient in the net as previous outings.

Tuukka Rask (Photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)


(Photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
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