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Post To Post: Top grades to Kuemper, Varlamov, Crawford

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Jamie McLennan
4/22/2014 9:58:07 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.

Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota (5): He was calm, poised, and looked comfortable all game. He wasn't tested very much, but was strong on rebound control and positioning. He made the most of his saves from the top of his crease; nice start for the young goalie.

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado (5): Hep put a show on tonight. He could be the best goalie in the league right now as far as his crease work. He's strong on posts with his ability to fight off second chances and cover the bottom of net stemming from his leg power and flexibility. There was too many cases to list, but he was the only reason this game was close. He had no chance on the GWG.

Corey Crawford, Chicago (5): He was outstanding all game long, He locked in from the drop of the puck, with his best saved for fighting through traffic as the Blues had a real net front presence tonight. His last big save was on Pietrangelo through a body with 40 seconds left. His rebound control was great as well, not a lot of scrambling due to his control in the net.

Ryan Miller, St. Louis (4): The early goal to Toews was ugly, but he rebounded with great saves on Hossa and Sharp and then a big save on Shaw with three minutes left. Not a lot of second chances on him as the Hawks pressured in spurts. Miller gave the Blues a chance to win

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh (3): He battled through a tough start and showed he has the mental capacity to lock it down. His game-saving best work was in the second when Columbus pressed hard on the PP, he made two scramble saves in tight on Johansen and Dubinsky. He also made a big save on Johansen with under 30 seconds left off the rush.

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus (3): He was great early on when he was under siege by Pittsburgh. He had a tough 2:40 stretch where he gave up three goals on three shots, but bounced back with tough saves on Crosby, Neal and Malkin in tight.

Frederik Andersen, Anaheim (2): It wasn't his sharpest effort, his rebound control was an issue all game long. Benn's goal was off a rebound,and Nikushkins goal went through the body.

Kari Lehtonen, Dallas (5): He had a brilliant game; was the reason they won. He faced high quality chances and had big saves on Koivu, Silverberg, and Palmieri in the third alone to keep it at 2-0 before they scored the third goal to ice the win. His puck handling was a real strength as he was able to help exit the zone a few key times for Dallas with ease. This was a must win in their building and he delivered.

Darcy Kuemper (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
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