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Post to Post: Lundqvist solid in the face of elimination

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Jamie McLennan
5/10/2014 9:58:32 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 (4) - Lundqvist was solid all night, he made big saves on Gibbons and Crosby early on before stopping Malkin and Kunitz in the second period to stay ahead by two goals. He fought hard on rebounds and adjusted well in the crease throughout the game. He also had Letang's number all night as he made three great saves on him, including a big glove save in the third. Overall, he delivered a solid game in the face of elimination.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins (2) – It was not his night. I thought he would have been pulled after two periods, but Bylsma stuck with him and let him fight through it. He was beat on rebounds tonight, the first two goals were both rebound plays and he was late to seal post on the first goal. Brassard's goals were not his fault as he made a good saves initially, but received no help off the rebounds. He looked to be fighting the puck in tight as he gave up uncharacteristic rebounds around the net all night.  

Ilya Bryzgalov, Minnesota Wild (4) - Bryzgalov was very solid tonight. He was his usual first-save-goaltender self while staying calm and composed. He allowed a bad goal to Sharp off a tough angle after he played it awkwardly and was not square on the play. He had no chance on the Handzus goal that was tipped. He made a huge save on Sharp on a breakaway with the score 3-2 to keep Minnesota ahead. He saved his best work of the night for his save on Morin in the third period; a reaction left pad save that was a one-timer labeled for a goal.

Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks (2) – Crawford was not sharp at all tonight, the goal he gave up to Fontaine was short-side shelf and stoppable if he wasn't down early on the play. Pominville's goal from behind the net off a bank is a play that he loses track of the puck on, leading to the goal. He came up with good saves on Parise, Granlund and Haula to keep it close at 2-1 Wild, but the Neidereiter goal was a backbreaker; at 2-2, they had just crawled back into the game and that weak goal glove-side broke Chicago's momentum.

Beau Bennett and Henrik Lundqvist   (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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