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Welcome to Center Ice Chat’s Top 5, an irregular series counting off performances by position this season. Today, we introduce where the success is in the crease so far. The standings here reflect fantastic talent who are paid, trained, and expected to excel even beyond what they have already. They’re on decent or below par clubs not expected to go all the way. These goalies have helped their teams, or at least attempted to, despite the lack of talent performing up front.
5. Al Montoya
He probably wouldn’t have had as much success without the oft-injured Rick DiPietro. But luckily, for Montoya, the oft-injured goalie once again suffered an injury.
In four games, the Chicago native has stepped up to the task of shutting down the opposition. Holding onto a 2-2 record with a 2.02 GAA is more than enough to deserve high marks in the goalie run-down.
4. Corey Crawford
If sophomore slumps are for real, they haven’t shaken the second-year Chicago Blackhawks goaltender. Core...
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Henrik Lundqvist led the NHL with 11 shutouts in the 2011-12 hockey season. Included in those shutouts were shutouts of both teams who made the finals last season, the Vancouver Canucks and the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. King Henrik finished the season with a sterling 2.28 GAA, a .923 Save Percentage, 36 wins, and [...]
Regardless of how well Henrik Lundqvist plays this season, Martin Biron is going to get 15-20 starts to keep Lundqvist fresh for late in the year and the playoffs. The question becomes with Henrik Lundqvist as locked in as he is right now, when does Biron get his first start this season for the New York Rangers. In the New York Post, Larry Brooks thinks that tonight will be that...
The New York Rangers lost to the Edmonton Oilers last night in what was a very entertaining game to watch, despite the loss and shutout. But, when Henrik Lundqvist removed himself from the game midway through the third period, every single Ranger fan said “oh crap”. But, according to the MSG broadcast, the All-World goaltender was just cramping up.
The Oilers are a very fast...
It was nothing serious. I’ve had issues with my skates, and the last few days I’ve had a lot of pressure on my feet and I couldn’t move the way I wanted to move. Today it was pressure on my left foot. We tried to fix it during intermissions because it was bothering me the [...]
Corey Crawford kept his team in it early. Patrick Sharp made it pay off late.
Crawford stopped 13 shots in the first period to withstand an early charge, Sharp broke a tie early in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks went on to beat Colorado 3-1 on Thursday night to snap the Avalanche's winning streak at five games.
Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist and Marian...
Looking for their third straight win the New York Rangers are tinkering with their lineup inserting Brendan Bell on defense and scratching Jeff Woywitka. Replacing Woywitka is not a big surprise as he struggled against Calgary, especially in the third period giving up multiple chances and taking a penalty with just 2:44 left in regulation.
One change the Rangers are not making...
Earlier in the day I was filling out an interview and one of the questions asked which of the Rangers' games so far this season was the worst in my opinion. Had I filled that interview out tomorrow, instead of today, tonight's 2-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers would have been my answer.
There are no excuses for what we saw out of this team tonight. Everyone knew the Oilers...
The Stars cannot be too disheartened by last night's 1-0 loss in Los Angeles, although the club probably deserved to take away at least one point. Tell the truth: As soon as you found out that Kari Lehtonen was getting the night off (in the middle game of a 3-in-4 night road stretch) in favor of Andrew Raycroft, how much chance did you think the Stars had of competing on basically...
Earlier this season I picked Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars as the early season MVP. While he remains the top goalie with a league leading win total and a goals against average and saves percentage among the top in the league with a very high number of shots against, he has been surpassed as league MVP by Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kessel is off to a very good...
Both Henrik Lundqvist and John Tortorella said there were no concerns about the goaltender's health. But as for the rest of the team, the Rangers need to work on their "overall game, top to bottom" after they "sucked from head to toe" in Saturday night's 2-0 loss to the Oilers. That's what Tortorella said after the Blueshirts practiced at the scene...
Having played two games of their western Canada road swing, the New York Rangers earned back-to-back needed wins against the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames to improve to 2-1-2 on the season. Tonight they seek their third win of the season and the road trip when they enter Edmonton to take on the Oilers at Rexall Place. The Blueshirts have had much success against the Oilers...
Even though New York Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist has been terrific to start the season, team head coach John Tortorella should consider giving backup goaltender Martin Biron a chance to play one of the three games coming up against the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and the Winnipeg Jets.
On Twitter, there were rumors circulating that Biron might be starting tonight...
Two days after the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to cool off streaking Colorado, the Avalanche hope they can return the favor Saturday night by continuing their early success away from home.
The Avalanche look to extend their franchise-best five-game road winning streak to open a season when they face the Blackhawks in the finale of a home-and-home set.
Coming off a 5-0-0 road...