Stanley Cup goalie faith-o-meter

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We’re only a week into the playoffs and already there have been an assortment of twists and turns to deal with. The Habs are through to the second round, while the Kings are almost through, period. And while goaltending can’t explain every result, it has been prominent – as Pittsburgh found out last night. With that in mind, I present the Stanley Cup faith-o-meter. Adjust your rosaries accordingly.

Ken Dryden-Approved

Tuukka Rask, Boston – gave up one goal and somehow lost the opener, but still 2-1 with 0.67 goal-against average.

Carey Price, Montreal – Stared down Steven Stamkos and the Kids in four games and said “meh.”

Antti Niemi, San Jose – Just doin’ his thing while his Sharks light up the Kings.

Jimmy Howard, Detroit – Has given up just three even-strength goals in three games to powerful Bruins.

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers – Hasn’t been busy, but getting the job done.

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado – Regular season set a high standard, but his one loss came in OT after a 60-minute shutout.

Super, But Human

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus – Gave up three on 11 shots last night, but then shut the door the rest of the way versus Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Kari Lehtonen, Dallas – One of Anaheim’s goals went off a body and then his head – just fluky. Otherwise, he’s been hot since the series shifted to Dallas.

Jury Still Out

Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota – A shutout in his debut, but will the Avs solve the youngster upon second viewing?

Corey Crawford, Chicago – When he’s hot, he’s great. When he’s not, it looks dicey. Hawks won last night, but he wasn’t the star.

Ryan Miller, St. Louis – Playing Chicago, he’s getting more Patrick Kane than any goalie would prefer, but he was still brought in to make a Cup run, no?

Free Falling

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles – The defense in front of him may not be doing a great job, but Quick has been shelled like never before.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh – ‘The Flower’ is wilting, the post-season questions are back, snowflake becomes blizzard…

In Transition

Frederik Andersen, Anaheim – Will likely give the crease back to Jonas Hiller now.

Ray Emery, Philadelphia – Injury replacement for now-healthy Steve Mason.

Done: Anders Lindback, Tampa Bay

Likely Done: Ilya Brygalov, Minnesota