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Post to Post: Varlamov, Kuemper turn in night's best efforts

Jamie McLennan

4/20/2014 1:42:20 AM

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. 

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado (4) - Outstanding all game long, great on Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter, showing why he is in the Vezina race. His athleticism is really evident, especially on Parise save in the 2nd period.

Ilya Bryzgalov, Minnesota (2) - Pulled after going 11 for 14, Not a ton of help on two of the goals, but Nathan Mackinnon's goal was leaky, and Gabriel Landeskog's was short side. Wild head coach Mike Yeo pulls him for Darcy Kuemper to shake things up

Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota (5) -  He was perfect in relief, did what he had to do to stop the bleeding and try and change momentum, not overly worked.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh (3) - Not much he could do on the trying and GWG, back door play and lost coverage.  Was steady all game long, very active stick on wraparounds.

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus (3) - He had a tough start but settled in quickly and really gave his team a chance at 3 to 1. Big saves on Chris Kunitz and Lee Stempniak preserved the win for Columbus

Corey Crawford, Chicago (2) - Gave up a late goal through screen where he didn't have much chance, but the GWG in OT was through the body and stoppable. He made a huge save on Steve Ott shorthanded that I thought turned the tide for the Hawks early on but was unable to close the door when it was needed most.

Ryan Miller (3) - Gave up all three goals to D men, where there was a screen and or tip involved.  He was real good in tight in this game and managed his movement and crease well. Saves on Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg were evidence of that.