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Post to Post: Hiller perfect in return, Miller struggles

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JAMIE MCLENNAN
4/28/2014 1:17:09 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.

Henrik Lundqvist, New York (4) – He was not extremely busy or challenged today, but had good saves on Voracek, Couturier, and Giroux when it mattered most. He had no chance on the deflection goal by Lecavalier, but Giroux's went through a screen - through the body.

Steve Mason, Philadelphia (3) - In this game, he made a great stop on Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards. The Staal goal was stoppable as it was through the body and in the seven hole.  He was not forced to handle the puck as much as the Rangers did a good job of having smarter dump-ins.

Corey Crawford, Chicago (4) – He's always under scrutiny, but delivered a series win again with huge saves on Tarasenko and Berglund when the score was at 1-1.

Ryan Miller, St. Louis (2) – He didn't have much of a chance on three goals. He missed with a poke check on the Patrick Sharp goal. Miller was behind a severely banged up team, but was less than spectacular in the series for the Blues.

Frederik Andersen, Anaheim (1) – He struggled to make the timely saves the team needed for a boost. The fourth goal wasn't bad, but a back breaker as the team had battled back to a score of 3-2. He was then replaced by Jonas Hiller.

Jonas Hiller, Anaheim (5) – Hiller slammed the door when it counted and delivered the win. He had a big save on Antoine Roussel with 4:10 left. It should earn himself the net again for the second round. 

Kari Lehtonen, Dallas (2) – This was a bad finish to a very good season for Lehtonen. There were three scramble goals against in the last five minutes of play which included the overtime. He was unable to slam the door when the team needed him the most as Anaheim continued to push and push the pace up.

 

Jonas Hiller (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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