McLennan's Post 2 Post: Reimer steals second game in a row

Jamie McLennan
5/13/2013 11:53:54 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.

Henrik Lundqvist - 5 - Owned OV on Sunday, made two ten-bell saves on him. None bigger than the left pad save in the second period. Was in complete control of the game and you could feel he was unstoppable on Sunday.

Braden Holtby - 4 - Someone has to lose. He was just as good as Lundqvist, but the lone goal which was a deflection where he had no chance on, was the difference.  Big left pad save on Dorsett in the first which kept it scoreless. Needs to out-duel Lundqvist in Game 7 to get thrust into the next level of goaltending in the league, respect wise.

James Reimer - 5 - Stole his second game in a row for the Leafs. Big saves at the right time and mentally tough enough to handle late charges have been impressive. No two better saves than a diving head-first save and then a right pad save -- both on Bergeron.

Tuukka Rask - 4 - Calm, cool and solid on Sunday. Had no chance on the Phaneuf deflection and fought for the rebound on Kessels goal. Has not been the problem for the Bruins, as the Leafs have pressed him and he has held them in. Save on Phaneufs one-timer in the second period shows how focused and locked-in he is in this series. It really has become a goalie battle these last few games.

Jonas Hiller - 2 - His blocker side became a problem as the series progressed and the Wings exposed it. Game-winning goal shows why sometimes his butterfly early positioning can backfire. As he was going down, the puck is shot and he is late to react. Outplayed in the series by Howard when it counted.

Jimmy Howard - 4 - Hung on as the Ducks pressed near the end with big saves on Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Got better as the series went on and out-dueled Hiller on all facets.

James Reimer (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)


(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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