Goaltending Greatness: The Top Six Goalies in the 2010 Winter Olympics

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Goaltending Greatness: The Top Six Goalies in the 2010 Winter Olympics

Coming into the men's hockey tournament in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, it was expected that goaltending would play a major role in every team's chances at having success.

But through the 26 games played during the preliminary, qualification, and quarterfinal rounds, goaltending not only played a major role in what happened, but it also turned out to be the deciding factor.

And even more so than anyone could have expected.

Many of the games were much closer than previously expected, feared snipers were stymied by a net minder with a hot hand, and there was more than one game stolen by a masked man.

In what could be the biggest story in the tournament so far, we have had the privilege of witnessing some of the best, most clutch performances between the pipes in recent memory.

Sure, the players still have to score goals to win, but when you've got play from your goalie like we've seen so far, it might take less lighting of the lamp than originally thought. And that's never a bad thing.

While only four of the six goalies on this list have a chance at winning gold on Sunday afternoon, they each did exactly what was asked of them by doing everything in their power to back-stop their team to glory. The blame is certainly not on their shoulders for the early exit, and they can proudly say they played at the top of their game every night.

Here now are the six best goaltenders we've seen at the Olympic Games so far.

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