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McLennan's Post-2-Post: Anderson shines in marathon win

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Jamie McLennan
5/20/2013 3:07:50 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. Today he grades the performances from Sunday's games between Boston and New York  and Ottawa and Pittsburgh.

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

Tuukka Rask - 4 - Great post play and footwork on display this game, two of his true strengths. He was strong on wraparounds, and short passes that were made for jams or one-timers in front. He made two huge saves on Hagelin as well as a beauty on McDonough and was noticeably focused today as he fought for rebounds around the crease.

Henrik Lundqvist - 1 - Not sharp in tonight's game. He had trouble with traffic in front of his crease which is usually a strength of his. The first three goals had screens in front - some of his own players - but he played off of them deeper and was unable to fight through to see and stop the puck.

Tomas Vokoun - 4 - The Sens were targeting his glove all night long, He had huge saves on Pageau and Turris and no better save than the right pad on Neil. He was great all night long. His post play was very aggressive, he chases the puck past the post almost to behind the goal line to cut off any lane for the pass out front. The game-winner was where Vokoun can be beat: Aggressive first save but the second shot was a rebound that because he does not have a true flush butterfly. It goes around his left leg.

Craig Anderson - 5 - Brilliant bounce back game. Reaction saves on the PK were huge as well as his rebound control. See: Crosby partial breakaway where he is in great position and makes the save and eats up the rebound.

Malkin and Anderson (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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