The 2018 NHL Playoffs are just around the corner with the regular season ending on April 8. With this in mind, we are highlighting some of the best goalie saves and performances during recent playoffs. From Tim Thomas to Jonathan Quick, numerous goalies have led their respective teams to playoff victories over the years. Similarly, some have outshined their counterparts to bring home the coveted Stanley Cup. As part of our popular Saturday Saves section, let’s take a look at some of the top goalies that made history on the ice during the playoffs.
Tim Thomas led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup victory during the 2010-11 season. In fact, Thomas amassed 798 saves – the most of any goalie in post-season history. He also faced an incredible 849 shots, while saving 238 shots on goal during the final against the Canucks. The latter was also the most in League history – resulting in Thomas winning the Conn Smythe and finishing with a .940 save percentage and 1.98 GAA. Here’s a look at Thomas’ incredible saves against Vancouver in the playoffs.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere is credited with carrying Anaheim to the Stanley Cup final in 2002-03. In fact, he amassed a .965 save percentage resulting in the Ducks winning four straight against the Red Wings. Giguere also shined against the Stars – securing a .936 SP over six games. In the Conference Final, he only allowed one goal against the Wild in four games. This secured the Ducks’ entry into the Stanley Cup Final against the Devils.
While the Devils took the Cup in seven games, Giguere captured the hearts of millions of fans across the world. He had the best record for SP in the post-season -finishing with an incredible .945 save percentage. Here’s a look at Giguere in action against New Jersey.
Jonathan Quick took the Kings to a 4-2 Stanley Cup victory over the Devils in 2011-12. As one of the top goalies in the regular season, he had an amazing 10 shutouts with a .929 save percentage and 1.95 GAA. During the playoffs that season, Quick allowed only 29 goals against – the fewest of any goalie in at least 20 playoff matches. He also posted an additional three shutouts, while securing a 1.41 GAA and record-setting .946 save percentage. For his amazing accomplishments, Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe and truly brought the Kings back to performance. Here’s a look at Quick in action against the Devils.
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