NHL Winter Classic 2012: Power Ranking Goaltender Performances From Each Game

Matt BauerCorrespondent IIDecember 29, 2011

NHL Winter Classic 2012: Power Ranking Goaltender Performances From Each Game

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    In the four NHL Winter Classic games played, there have been some miserable goaltending performances, but also some stellar showings between the pipes.

    One goalie, Ty Conklin, has had the honor to start in net in two different Winter Classic games.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have appeared in the NHL's annual outdoor game twice, but the Penguins have had a different goalie in each game.  Every other team in the first four Winter Classic meetings have only played in the Winter Classic once.

    Winning is the ultimate goal for every hockey team, but sometimes a win or loss doesn't define how well a goalie played on that given day.

8. Cristobal Huet (CHI) 2009

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    Cristobal Huet's performance in the 2009 Winter Classic was by far the worst netminding performance we've seen in the outdoor game yet. 

    Huet allowed six goals on 30 shots from the Detroit Red Wings before getting pulled.  The Chicago Blackhawks lost 6-4 to Detroit in the second annual Winter Classic.

    Nikolai Khabibulin came in relief of Huet and stopped all 13 of the shots he faced.

7. Ty Conklin (DET) 2009

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    Ty Conklin was privileged enough to play in net for the first two NHL Winter Classic meetings.  He was netminding for the Red Wings in 2009 when he stopped 33 of the 37 (89.2%) shots he faced from the Blackhawks, leading the Wings to a 6-4 win.

6. Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) 2011

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins played in their second Winter Classic in 2011, but it was Marc-Andre Fleury's first. 

    Fleury stopped 29 of 32 (90.6%) shots from the Washington Capitals, but the Penguins fell to the Caps 3-1 in last year's annual outdoor game.

5. Michael Leighton (PHI) 2010

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    Michael Leighton stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced from the Boston Bruins, but his effort wasn't enough. 

    Boston's Marco Sturm tipped in the game-winner in overtime, and the Bruins prevailed over the Philadelphia Flyers.

4. Tim Thomas (BOS) 2010

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    Tim Thomas stopped 24 of the 25 (96%) shots he faced from the Flyers in regulation and overtime, and his effort was enough for the Bruins to beat Philly 2-1 in OT in the 2010 Winter Classic.

3. Ryan Miller (BUF) 2008

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    Ryan Miller stopped 24 of the 25 shots (96%) the Penguins threw at him in the NHL's inaugural Winter Classic game held on Jan. 1, 2008, but it came down to the shootout. 

    Miller allowed two of three, including the dagger from Sidney Crosby, and the Buffalo Sabres fell to the Penguins.

2. Semyon Varlamov (WAS) 2011

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    Semyon Varlamov allowed just one goal on 33 shots from the Penguins, in an effort that led the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory in last year's NHL Winter Classic.

1. Ty Conklin (PIT) 2008

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    In the NHL's inaugural Winter Classic game held on New Year's Day 2008, Ty Conklin stopped 36 of the 37 shots (97.3%) he faced from the Sabres.  Conklin proceeded to stop two of three in the shootout, leading the Penguins to a victory.