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McLennan's Post 2 Post: Lundqvist shows why he's so good

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Jamie McLennan
5/14/2013 11:23:43 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 -  Huge save on Mike Green that translates to a goal by Arron Asham. Stepped up at the right time and dominated, wins the battle head-to-head with Braden Holtby and showed why he is one of the best in the world. He's a big pressure goalie. Calm, cool and in complete control of the last two games. Nothing lucky about his performance; just sheer skill and work ethic in the net. Rebound control was great Monday night, with big saves on Jason Chimera and Jay Beagle helped preserve the shutout.

Braden Holtby: 2 - Hung out to dry by his team but looked poor on goals by Asham and Ryan Callahan. He was not sharp in Monday's game. The Rangers scored on most of their prime scoring chances; they targeted his clocker side where he had some rebound control issues.

James Reimer: 2 - Was rock solid the first 45 minutes, but progressively started to struggle with his team facing a Bruins assault. He got a bit deeper in his net and by the game-tying goal he was two feet deeper than the top of the crease trying to fight through a screen - something he was more aggressive on the night before. Overall, a great series but a real tough lesson to learn as this young team was unable to lock it down at 4-1 with 12 minutes left.

Tuukka Rask: 3 - Had some scramble issues around the net as the Leafs really pushed him deeper into his crease. Was facing heavy traffic all night long, and that is the reason he had rebound goals and goal-mouth scrambles. His confidence and demeanour did not wave and he looked very poised.

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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