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Stanley Cup Playoff Saves of the Week: April 11 – 17

The Stanley Cup playoffs have officially begun, and the high-pressure environment seems to be bringing out the best in the goaltenders. It’s almost hard to believe that another season has come and gone, but the excitement to see which goaltender steps up and carries his team on a Stanley Cup run is definitely building.

The Chicago Blackhawks are a perennial contender, but this year is a bit different. They rely on the play of Corey Crawford more now than they have in previous years. This week’s top save is a perfect example of that, as Crawford absolutely robbed St. Louis’ Jori Lehtera on a one-timer attempt in game three of their series.

Check out that save and much more in the top ten Stanley Cup playoff saves of the week for April 11th to 17th:

#10
Roberto Luongo – Florida Panthers

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Luongo stretches the blocker out just in time!

#9
Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals

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Holtby has been keeping up his Vezina-worthy play early in the first round.

#8
Jimmy Howard – Detroit Red Wings

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Jimmy Howard couldn’t bring the Red Wings for victory, but he gave it a pretty good shot!

#7
Thomas Greiss – New York Islanders

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Greiss slides across for the last-minute save!

#6
Martin Jones – San Jose Sharks

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The puck takes a funny hop, but Jones has it with the glove!

#5
Steve Mason – Philadelphia Flyers

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Everyone knows about Mason’s blunder, but this is the play they should be talking about!

#4
Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators

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Rinne and the Preds are on fire to begin the playoffs, taking two games in Anaheim.

#3
Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings

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Jonathan Quick always brings his ‘A’ game during the playoffs!

#2
Devan Dubnyk – Minnesota Wild

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Dubnyk busts out a textbook poke check!

#1
Corey Crawford – Chicago Blackhawks

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Some of the best goaltending in the playoffs so far has come in the Blackhawks/Blues series.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer, broadcaster, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario as the voice of the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks for CISL 650. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade. He is currently an instructor for Pro4 Sports, and is the goaltending consultant for the BCHL's Surrey Eagles.

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