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Top Ten Goalies from the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Photo of Antoinette Cammarano

Lets take a look at the goalies who have excelled in this year’s NHL postseason.

Top Ten Goalies from the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Imagine standing in front of a net as pucks come flying at you at lightning speed. Think of the skill and talent necessary in order to keep tabs on a small, round object at all times, ensuring it doesn't land in your net. 

In this year's NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, the goalies from each respective team have put everything they have into securing success. Obviously, not all have made it into the conference finals, but each brought something to the table during the finals that their respective teams desperately needed. 

These are the top ten goalies of the 2013NHL postseason*:

1. Tuukka Rask (BOS)    

It comes as no surprise that Rask tops the list of goalies this season. Coming off a total of 53 saves in last night's double overtime game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Rask has certainly made his mark as an exceptional goalie. WIth his playoff statistics including 11 wins, 4 losses, a 1.85 GAA (Goals Against Average), and a .940 SV% (Save Percentage), it is evident Rask is ready to lead the Bruins to their second Stanley Cup in three seasons. 

2. Corey Crawford (CHI) 

The Chicago Blackhawks absolutely dominated the Western Conference this season, with a total of 36 wins and 7 losses. This would not have been possible without the skill of their goalie, Corey Crawford. Chicago has brought their dominance into the postseason, currently holding the lead in the conference finals against the LA Kings. Crawford has the statistics to prove his excellence: 10 wins, 5 losses, a 1.70 GAA, and .938 SV%. It should be noted that Crawford currently holds the top spot in number of saves and SV% for the league.

3. Jonathan Quick (LAK)    

Last year's reigning champions rode on the coattails of their aptly named goalie throughout last years postseason run and victory. Quick, who was awarded the Conn Symthe Trophy for the 2011-2012 season, has brought his skill into this postseason. Playing a team riding as high as the Blackhawks are isn't an easy task, but Quick seems to be handling the pressure as well as can be expected. With playoff statistics coming in (to date) at 9 wins, 7 losses, a 1.71 GAA, and a .941 SV%, Quick's skill cannot be questioned.

4. Antti Niemi (SJS) 

Contender for this year's Vezina Trophy, the trophy awarded to the "best" goalie in the NHL, Niemi led his team through an impressive playoff run. Losing in the semifinals to the LA Kings is no indicator of the skill possessed by Niemi. With playoff statistics standing at 7 wins, 4 losses, a 1.87 GAA, and a .930 SV%, this finalist certainly has what it takes to bring the Sharks to an (eventual) victory.

5. Jimmy Howard (DET)

Howard, a good ol' New York boy, who, in addition to being a NHL star, is the spokesman for the Arthritis Foundation, closed the postseaon by letting in only 33 goals against 426 shots, giving him a .924 SV%. This one-time finalist for the Calder Trophy in 2010 evened out his postseason with 7 wins and 7 losses, and has a 2.44 GAA. 

6. Tomas Vokoun (PIT)    

Although the Penguins are currently being annihilated by the Bruins in the conference finals, Vokoun has been putting his all on the ice throughout this postseason. Currently averaging out with 6 wins, 4 losses, a 2.11 GAA, and a .931 SV%, Vokoun still has time to redeem himself, and his team, before their season ends. Game 4 against the Bruins is currently scheduled for Friday, 6/7, and it can be easily ascertained that Vokoun plans on giving 110% in the game.

7. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)    

Lundqvist, another finalist for the Vezina trophy, and winner of last year's Vezina trophy, ranks in at number 7 on the list of top ten goalies. Carrying the entire New York Rangers team on his back not only in the postseason, but in the regular season as well, Lundqvist has had a difficult time bringing the Rangers to the glory of a Stanley Cup, a task not easy when a game against the Rangers becomes a one-man show. Acting as the sole player on the Rangers who showed the energy and drive, Lundqvist, as well as his team, was forced to leave the postseason after the brutal semifinals against the Bruins. Lundqvist's standings come in at 5 wins, 7 losses, a 2.14 GAA, and a .934 SV%. Let's hope the blueshirts stand behind Lundqvist next season and plays the way he needs them to.

8. Craig Anderson (OTT)    

Anderson, who was forced to miss 18 regular season games due to an injury, still manages to find himself on the list of top ten goalies in the NHL posteason. Although the Senators fell to the Penguins in the semifinals this post season, Anderson still managed to finish his season with impressive statistics. He had a total of 5 wins and 4 losses, a 3.10 GAA, and a .918 SV%. 

9. Braden Holtby (WSH) 

Falling to the New York Rangers in the post season did not stop Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby from finishing the season with statistics good enough to land him on the top ten list. Holtby closed the season with 3 wins and 4 losses, a 2.22 GAA, and a .922 SV%. Pretty impressive for a goalie who didn't make it past the quarterfinals in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

10. Jonas Hiller (ANA)    

Making only his second postseason appearance this year, Jonas Hiller wraps up the list of top ten goalies in the NHL postseason. Even so, Hiller put up an impressive front against the Detroit Red Wings during the Western Conference quarterfinals (which the Ducks would end up losing). Closing out the season with 3 wins and 4 losses, a 2.46 GAA, and .917 SV%, Hiller rounds out this list.

Tuukka Rask may currently be getting all of the glory for his tremendous skill during the conference finals against Pittsburgh, but that does not cancel out the skill and talent displayed by these other amazing goalies. 

With the Stanley Cup still looming over the collective heads of the top four teams in the NHL, the goalies from those teams still have a chance to show their talent in numerous ways. Only time will tell who is ultimately the best goalie in the NHL.

*All statistics from NHL postseason only.

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