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Jamie McLennan
4/29/2014 9:12:28 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.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh (3) - It was a nightmare the last 10 minutes with three goals against in five minutes. The Anisemov goal was through the body short side, which is not great, but lost in the anxiety of the everyone watching was the big save on Calvert at 4-3 with a few minutes left. But he found a way to keep it on the rails and win a round. Not convincingly but he got the job done and it's one to build on.

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus (2) - It was not a very good series. He was beaten all four times on the blocker side in Game 6. He could have been the difference in the series if he was at the top of his game.

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado (3) - The second goal was a tough 5-hole goal that he had a stick/pad malfunction. There was no chance on the other two deflected shots by Parise. Now it's on to Game 7.

Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota (4) - Poise comes to mind in watching his game with strong rebound control. He had no chance on the backdoor goal to Holden but made big saves on Parenteau, Stastny and O'Reilly in tight. This kid continues to impress.

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles (5) - He was brilliant again. He should have gotten a 4, but facing three elimination games shows mental toughness beyond explanation, plus no chance on the goal against which was a double deflection. He made huge saves on Burns, Marleau and Thornton.

Alex Stalock, San Jose (2) - He wasn't a difference maker in the game. There was not much he could do on the goals against, especially the Williams goal, leaving you wondering who starts Game 7. I say Niemi. Stalock didn't convince me he should start.

Jonathan Quick (Photo: Noah Graham/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Noah Graham/Getty Images)
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