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Jamie McLennan
5/13/2014 9:22:57 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.

Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens (5) - He had a huge game, with no better series saver than the paddle save on Milan Lucic in the second period. He had great rebound control all night long, handled the puck well and didn't allow second chances. Price also had big saves on Jarome Iginla, Davif Krejci, Carl Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron. His big save on Bergeron helped turn it around immediately as the Habs scored the same play. He was the best player on the ice for the Habs on Monday night. He had a huge game when it counted, especially in the second when the Bruins pressed hard.

Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins (3) - Rask had no chance on the first goal by Lars Eller, as it was caused by a tough turnover early in the game. In the second goal, he wasn't set on Max Pacioretty's partial breakaway and allowed a five-hole goal that he should stop. Rask did make great saves on Rene Bourque, Brendan Gallagher, Eller and Tomas Plekanec. The third goal by Montreal was a scramble play around the net. He was just good on Monday night. He didn't lose them the game, but didn't win it for them like Price did.

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (2) - Quick guessed on the wrong side on Nick Bonino's goal and was screened, with not much help on the back door goal (Mathieu Perreault/Devante Smith-Pelley goal). And Smith-Pelley's secondgoal on a breakaway finished with a nice move. Quick has cooled off in his game since the first two starts of the series. He'll needs to be a difference maker in the next game, as he's just been okay.

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks (4) - Gibson was solid again. He had chance on the Trevor Lewis goal, as it was a deflection off of Bryan Allen's arm. He made big saves on Tyler Toffoli and then off Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar in the second on the penalty kill - then a huge left pad save on Gaborik early in the third. Gibson's positioning and rebound control was very strong and he showed good poise again.

Carey Price Milan Lucic  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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