NHL Playoffs 2011: Power Ranking the Eastern Conference Goaltenders

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NHL Playoffs 2011: Power Ranking the Eastern Conference Goaltenders
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Defense wins championships. We all know that. And the most important defensive hockey player on every team is the man who guards the six-by-four. If a team is weak between the pipes, don't expect them to go far in the playoffs.

The goaltending in the Eastern Conference features talented rookies, 2011's likely Vezina winner, and a Stanley Cup Champion. There is no shortage of big name and big game players.

But which one is the best? Which goaltender is the most likely to steal a game, or even series? Which netminders could ruin championship dreams with their inconsistent play? 

Click through to find out. 

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