Goalies are often the backbone of any team.
In this year's playoffs, Jonathan Quick is leading the Los Angeles Kings into the Stanley Cup Final after beating out Phoenix Coyotes stud goaltender Mike Smith. Both players were instrumental in their teams' success.
In the East, we have the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur, one of the greatest goalies of all time, as the backbone to his Devils. On the other side, Henrik Lundqvist is the brand that is the New York Rangers. Without these goaltenders in net on their respective sides, the teams would probably not be where they are today. Goalies like this give teams a chance to win every night.
In the past, the Montreal Canadiens have had goalies who have led the Habs to success (or close to), just look at the 24 Stanley Cups and countless finals appearances.
Carey Price is the backbone of the team right now. Look at Jaroslav Halak just a few years ago in the playoffs. How about Jose Theodore in the early 2000s? We can span back many years and remember the likes of George Hainsworth and Wilf Cude. The list goes on and on.
So let's take a look at that list and countdown the top 15 best goaltenders in Montreal Canadiens history.