Four new faces make their way onto the list this week, thanks to a handful of goaltender changes early on in the playoffs. With the pressure high, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, and Anaheim Ducks all felt the need to change their starting goaltender.
While the switch worked for Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray and Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen, Detroit’s Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia’s Michal Neuvirth were not as lucky – as they have been eliminated. All four goalies became human highlight reels for their teams since drawing into the lineup, and that is certainly on display in this week’s countdown.
Check out saves from those goalies and more in the Stanley Cup playoff saves of the week for April 18th to 24th:
#10 Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings
Quick transitions off the post and grabs it with the glove!
#9 Michal Neuvirth – Philadelphia Flyers
Neuvirth was lights out from the moment he came into the net for Philadelphia.
#8 Thomas Greiss – New York Islanders
Greiss makes a great lateral move, and controls the rebound!
#7 Michal Neuvirth – Philadelphia Flyers
Neuvirth with another stellar pad save on a rebound.
#6 Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings
Quick lunges across and gets it with the blocker!
#5 Petr Mrazek – Detroit Red Wings
Petr Mrazek and the Red Wings may be eliminated, but at least they went out in style!
#4 Frederik Andersen – Anaheim Ducks
Frederik Andersen has been a lifesaver for the Ducks in the playoffs.
#3 Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers
The King is once again knocked out, but it wasn’t because of his performance!
#2 Matt Murray – Pittsburgh Penguins
Who needs Fleury? Matt Murray has been great for the Penguins since coming back into the lineup.
#1 Michal Neuvirth – Philadelphia Flyers
Michal Neuvirth almost turned the series completely around with saves like these.
Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.