As the 2014 NHL playoffs approach the halfway point, one truth remains consistent. Stable, top-notch goaltending is an important key to postseason success. It's also fun to watch: We like spectacular goals, but we love a great save.
Not every remarkable netminding display is enough to push a team forward in its Stanley Cup pursuit. Goalies need support from the teammates in front of them, and they need to be able to deliver again and again.
Looking at specific games, here are 10 of the best goaltending performances we've seen in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The ranking has been determined by the "wow" factor of the goalie's performance and is influenced by where the game took the team in its postseason so far. The list is limited to a maximum of one goalie per team (sorry, Darcy Kuemper) and adds a little extra weight to the goaltenders who are still alive in their Cup pursuit.
All stats courtesy of NHL.com, current through games Wednesday, May 14.