McLennan's Post-2-Post: Rask solid as Penguins goalies falter

Jamie McLennan
6/3/2013 11:55:30 PM
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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 - 5 - Rask was visibly upset after the Brandon Sutter shot eluded him blocker side; that was his only blemish in another great performance. His positioning was great, his rebound control was elite, and his reads of the oncoming rush were perfect. One sign of being dialed in is his patience when he is in position on a shot and makes the save, he doesnt chase the rebound, but instead calmly stays down and readjusts to a second shot. This was shown perfectly in the third period on a Chris Kunitz combination of shots.

Tomas Vokoun - 1 - Vokoun did not have a lot of help as the Penguins exploded in their own end again, but he somehow needed to find a way to save at least one or two of the three goals against. It's easy to blame the goalie after such breakdowns, but the team needs the goalie to step up and he did not.

Marc-Andre Fleury - 1 - Fleury had the opportunity to play with "house money" in a mop up duty role and come in and slam the door shut, forcing Dan Bylsma to start him in Game 3. Instead, he showed the rust of not playing in a month and did not give the coach a reason to come back with him. The Brad Marchand and Johnny Boychuk goals are stoppable shots when he is on his game.

Tuukka Rask (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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