With the first round of the NHL Playoffs in the books, the nerves and jitters that come with playing in such a high intensity event with such massive stakes will begin to leave the players. This of course affects everyone, but never is it more glaringly apparent than in the play of the most important player on the ice – the goalies.
The first round saw equal parts excellence and failures, giving a balance between offense and defense for any fan to enjoy. One series could be decided by which goalie would make the first mistake and in another who would make the fewest.
Often times the teams can get out of the first round on adrenaline alone. The second is much different. The pretenders are weeded out as experience and quality count for a lot more than gumption and guile.
These power rankings are based on three factors: how well the goalie played in the first round, how well he can be expected to play in the second and the importance he has to his team in making sure they reach the conference finals.
Here is how that all works out.