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The winner of Bunny Larocque Trophy for backup goalies is …

Before the playoffs began, InGoal Magazine announced the creation of a new award, the Bunny Larocque Trophy for excellence in backup goaltending in the NHL. After the first round of the playoffs, we announced the finalists: Aaron Dell, Scott Darling, and Antti Raanta. We promised to announce the winner after the second round, but decided to hold off until we could properly involve two individuals absolutely central to the presentation. That time is now, but first a bit about the award’s namesake. Michel “Bunny” Larocque Larocque’s success in the NHL as a backup knows no equal. His accolades speak for themselves: Larocque...

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2017 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL PREVIEW: MARC-ANDRE FLEURY VS CRAIG ANDERSON

If you’d been told in January that Marc-Andre Fleury and Craig Anderson would be facing off in the Eastern Conference Final, you might well have laughed. Fleury had already ceded his starter’s crease to Matthew Murray, and Anderson was playing for a Senators team that seemed unlikely to win a playoff round. Who’s laughing now? (Probably Fleury – does he ever stop smiling?) Marc-Andre Fleury  GPOverall SV%5v5 Sv%LDSv%MDSv%HDSv% Marc-Andre Fleury3890.9491.6998.6391.0981.62 Despite a poor regular season where it looked at times like his best years were behind him, Fleury has been an unexpected strength in this year’s playoffs. Posting a 92.14 save percentage...

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2017 Playoff Preview, Round 2: Braden Holtby vs Marc-Andre Fleury

To say the spotlight in this series will be on the scoring superstars is an understatement: Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin’s second career playoff series meeting is deservedly generating enormous attention. With the forward depth both rosters boast, we could see one or both teams shooting the lights out. I wouldn’t count on it, however. Marc-Andre Fleury and Braden Holtby are coming off strong first-round performances, and while neither can be said to have stolen their series, both were strong in victory. Braden Holtby Holtby’s 92.5 save percentage in his first-round matchup versus the Maple Leafs is a good indication of his quality in...

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InGoal Announces Finalists for Inaugural “Bunny” Larocque Award

The NHL recently announced its finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the top goaltender each season. All three undoubtedly deserve the recognition that comes with such an honour, but here at InGoal, we’ve decided to acknowledge a group of goalies who don’t often receive the praise they deserve. Before the playoffs, we introduced the “Bunny” Larocque Trophy for top backup goaltender. The criteria for the award are described here, and they essentially ensure the award goes to a true backup, rather than a tandem partner or career starter. Even these basic guidelines generated some controversy among our readers, especially the limit on number of...

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