Post to Post: Lundqvist strong when needed, Quick struggled

Jamie McLennan
4/18/2014 2:18:24 AM
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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.

Ray Emery, Philadelphia (3) – Emery did not receive a ton of help this game. He had missed assignments in front of him and was asked to stop power play goals that were on the back door.

Henrik Lundqvist, New York (4)  - Lundqvist displayed good positioning all night. He made vintage Lundqvist saves in the second period on Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read. He wasn't forced to be spectacular, but was there when the Rangers needed him.

Corey Crawford, Chicago (3) – Crawford was solid all night long. He made two game-saving stops in the second period on Vladimir Tarasenko and Steve Ott, and then continued his roll of making timely saves when the Blackhawks needed it with his outstanding play in overtime.

Ryan Miller, St. Louis (3) - Rough start for Miller, as he allowed two goals through the body in the first period. However, he then was outstanding in the second period with three huge saves early on, and got stronger as the game went on. Miller made three big saves in double overtime on Andrew Shaw, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. He showed great mental toughness to respond and keep the Blues in the game after being down 3-1.

Ilya Bryzgalov, Minnesota (2) - Bryzgalov was on pace to have a higher number, however he struggled when it mattered. He had rebound issues as the game went on and allowed both Jamie McGinn's goal and Paul Stastny's game-winner through the body.

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado (3) – Varlamov got stronger as the game went on, he showed some young nerves but continued to battle through.

Antti Niemi, San Jose (3) – Niemi was solid early on, 30 seconds in, he made one of his best stops on Jeff Carter. He had a tough third period as his goals allowed to Jake Muzzin and Slava Voynov were not great.

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles (1) – It was a rough outing for Quick. He faced many high quality chances but also allowed some uncharacteristic goals against; like the Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot through the five-hole. Quick was pulled after two periods of work.

Martin Jones, Los Angeles (4)- Jones got barely any work in this game, but he came in and helped stabilize the Kings to try and get back into the game.

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo: Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
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