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Jamie McLennan
5/1/2014 2:07:51 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 Rangers (5) – He had good saves on Giroux, Akeson, and Hartnell tonight. He was dialed in with a huge response from last night, battled hard and delivered in a big game 7. The greats step up when it matters most and he did just that.

Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers (5) – He put a show on, this loss was not on him. He had lots of big saves to point out, started with Nash early on and didn't stop. St. Louis, Stepan, Pouliot, Zuccarello, Brassard all had great looks and many more. He was the only reason Philly was in the game after two periods, showed poise and great compete. He was great all season long; Flyers have their stability in net moving forward for the future.

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche (3) - OT goal was a great shot under bar. He battled hard all series and gave them a chance to win. He was peppered with shots all series.

Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild (3) -Injured after a pretty good game.

Ilya Bryzgalov, Minnesota Wild (5) - For one save, it was a big one - on Duchene in OT. Came in cold due to an injury to Kuemper, did the job, and now has to carry the team with Kuemper potentially out. Big Game 7 win.

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (5) - 39 saves, but none better than the one on Marleau, a glove save on the back door with score at 1-1. Enough said, he was stellar.

Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks (3) – He was sharp early on with big saves on Kopitar, Doughty and Williams. He didn't have a ton of chance on Doughty and Kopitar goals. Toffoli's goal was a good shot, but he was beat high glove side - his Achilles heel.

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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