McLennan's Post 2 Post: Reimer steps up to keep Leafs alive

Jamie McLennan
5/11/2013 10:42:15 AM
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Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL on TSN analyst and former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan ranks the netminders after each game night.

Number values assigned are out of five with five being the best performance.

Tuukka Rask - 3 - The puck sticks to him like Velcro. The Bozak goal goes through the body, even though its a breakaway, he would like that back and the Mcarthur goal he commits early. He was outduelled by Reimer and will need to be better to close out the series.

James Reimer - 5 - His two biggest saves were on Bergeron - a ten bell series-saver and on Jagr with 11 seconds left. He was the reason the Leafs won this game, was in control the whole night and had better rebound control and competed hard on pucks.

Henrik Lundqvist - 4 - He lost the goalie duel Friday. Was brilliant in the third making two huge saves and then a ten-bell save on Perrault early in overtime. His scramble ability showed when he was able to rob Ward on the back door with a left pad save.

Braden Holtby - 4 - He wasn't as busy, but made two big stops on Zuccarello and Brassard on the PK. He was impressive with his positioning in fighting for space in his net all night long as the Rangers had people in his crease.

Jonas Hiller - 2 - He was better with his rebound control Friday, but had two tough short side goals, that is where the Wings are targeting on him. Because of his "butterfly - down first" style the top of the net is exposed.

Jimmy Howard - 3 - Two big saves on Cogliano early in the game, and a huge one on Selanne with the left pad kept the wings in it. Late goals hurt his rating, especially the Etem goal, which was a bad play by his defence but he was slow to pick up the mistake. Did enough to get the win.

Jonathan Quick - 4 - He was great all series long. Cost the Kings two games where his late blunders were game-losing, but showed mental toughness and his elite skill to battle back and get the series win for the Kings. Aggressive saves on Backes and Reaves were his best this game, really showing flashes of his last season playoff brilliance.

Brian Elliott - 2 - Game-winner was short-side back-breaking goal at the end of the second, shot from on the blue line was tipped but from that far out, it needs to be stopped. He was out-duelled this series by Quick.

Reimer stops Bergeron (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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