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Post to Post: Price, Howard turn in strong performances

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Jamie McLennan
4/19/2014 2:42:34 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.

Carey Price, Montreal (5) - His left pad save on Cedric Paquette in the 2nd period says it all, huge response game. He was locked in all night and had no chance on the only goal against. His rebound control was elite.

Anders Lindback, Tampa Bay (2) - The third goal against was a back breaker, he was pulled on that bad goal to the short side. He looked unsettled and awkward all night long, fought the puck but made two good saves partial and breakaway on Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta, still not enough.

Kristers Gudlevskis, Tampa Bay (3) - He came in cold with eight minutes left, allowed a goal on first sequence, pretty much a non factor as the game was over by then.

Tuukka Rask, Boston (4) - Outstanding in the goalie duel, He made big saves on Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar. The difference was a screen shot that goes through the body with three minutes left. Not a great goal that spoiled his great night

Jimmy Howard, Detroit (5) - He was the difference period. Great all night long, big saves on Carl Soderberg, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand. His scramble game in tight was outstanding and he got stronger and more confident as the game went on.

Frederik Andersen, Anaheim (4) - The sequence in third period that finishes with a huge save on Trevor Daley is exactly what makes him good, fights to find puck, reacts to it while down and makes a big save. That was a real difference maker, especially in the third period late

Kari Lehtonen, Dallas (3) - Had a solid game, was good in tight on crease plays tonight, especially on wraps by Patrick Maroon and Jakob Silfverberg. The Ryan Getzlaf goal was a terrific shot although he exposed the top of net short side a tad early. The Corey Perry goal was a great shot, Andrew Cogliano's goal was perfectly placed just under bar, not a ton of chance on the goals against, gave Dallas a chance.

Carey Price (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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