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PHT Morning Skate: Goalie rankings, 2013’s best games

Jul 27, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores past Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in the third period in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Former NHL forward Nikolai Zherdev has signed with the KHL Lev Prague. (Ria Novosti)

Sam McCaig gives his rankings of the NHL’s top 30 goaltenders. (Yahoo!)

A detailed look at Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis. (LA Kings Insider)

Dallas Stars assistant GM Les Jackson was happy with what he saw from 20-year-old defenseman Jamie Oleksiak in his first pro season. (

Adam Kimelman lists off the best games of the 2013 campaign. (

Is it time for the NHL to expand to 32 teams? Ken Campbell argues that it’s viable from a talent pool perspective. It’s worth adding that NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly recently said that the Pacific Northwest would get “serious consideration” if the league were to expand or relocate a franchise. (The Hockey News)

  1. Anoesis - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Top five starting goalies from McCaig article (though you may disagree with his take on starters):

    1. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles
    It’s always a debate, but the Kings goalie has been the NHL’s best puckstopper over the past few seasons.

    2. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
    Also a ‘King,’ he’s won the Rangers’ team MVP award seven straight seasons and is the standard by which other NHL goalies are measured (taking over from a certain Devils goalie who, we say again, does not appear on this list).

    3. Pekka Rinne, Nashville
    What’s that? You think the Predators netminder is the league’s best? Well, there’s a very good chance you’re absolutely right.

    4. Tuukka Rask, Boston
    The Bruins haven’t missed a beat since 2010 playoff MVP Tim Thomas packed up his mask and headed for the hills.Well, OK, perhaps Rask has one Final challenge left to match Thomas…

    5. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus
    A big surprise as the Blue Jackets goalie keyed Columbus’ rise to respectability and claimed the Vezina Trophy. Now, to do it all over again and prove it wasn’t freak occurrence.

    • joey4id - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      I’m sure Blomfeld will be happy with the mention of Q being #1. Hope he’ll entertain us with his usual humor and video. :-)

    • blomfeld - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      OASIS KNOWS THE DEAL !!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

      Well, at least he ‘partially’ knows it. As of yesterday July 27th, 2013 ‘Zulu’ time, here are your top NHL goaltenders as rated by the Sports Desk @ STERN Magazine …

      1) Jonathan Quick
      2) Jonathan Bernier
      3) Benjamin Scrivens
      4) Cory Schneider
      5) Carey Price

      27) Marc-Andre Fluery
      28) Alexander ‘Ovi’ Ovechkin
      29) Roberto ‘Loo’ Luongo
      30) Ilya ‘Vladivostock’ Bryzgalov

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Where’s vokoun , halak on that list?!?!?

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Oh my bad , top 30 STARTERS sorry

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Wow, Pavelec wasn’t at the bottom. Apparently someone out there in medialand WAS watching the Jets.

    • mrpinkca - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      I read the first sentence and thought “Wow, somebody out there gets me.” Then I read the second sentence and all my hopes and dreams were crushed.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:02 PM


  5. thailer35 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    I think Quick has amazing natural talent. Absolutely fantastic reflexes and incredibly powerful legs. But I feel like he’s always scrambling to make the save from out of position. I also feel like his smaller size not being able to fill up the net will compound that issue. If this kid ever starts losing his speed and agility, I think his numbers will start tanking, hard.

  6. barkar942 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Wait? Where is Bryz?

    • jhuck92 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Russia, where he belongs

  7. letsgopens8771 - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    All incredibly great games on that list. A couple that should be on there (let’s call it honorable mention):

    Bruins @ Pens- Pens were down 2-0 and Kunitz got the run started with 6:14 left in 3rd, and then Brandon Sutter scored twice to give the Pens the 3-2 win. That was my second favorite Penguins win of the season.

    Penguins @ Flyers- Penguins were being outplayed in first period and went down 4-1. The Penguins then roared back in the 2nd, tied it at 4-4, and then 18 secs into the 3rd, Chris Kunitz snapped home his second of the game

    Kings @ Oilers- Nail Yakupov scoring with 4.7 secs left in the 3rd and then of course the sliding celly, then he set up Gagner for the OT winner.

    Habs @ Bruins- in a back and forth game, Brendan Gallagher had the SO winner to give Montreal the 6-5 SO win.

    And Flyers fans, I’ll oblige you (ill mention one win and one win only):

    Capitals @ Flyers- Timonens goal with 9.5 secs left in Regulation tied another helter skelter back and forth game and Ruslan Fedotenkos goal in OT won it.

    • letsgopens8771 - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Pens @ Flyers was my favorite Pens win of the season.

  8. jacketsfan7 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    What about penguins @ canadiens 7-6?

    • letsgopens8771 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      That was on the list. click the link.

  9. hazlydose - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    No Bruins/Pens game 3? The series was pretty much on the line. There were multiple scoring chances with both goalies standing on their heads. The game ended in 2OT with a perfect pass from Marchand to Bergeron. It was the most exciting and heartbreaking game of the season as a pens fan.

  10. jacketsfan7 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I did , that comment was targeted towards pensfan8771 , with his favorite games

    • letsgopens8771 - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      It was a very good game, it was nice to see the Pens win that type of game, especially with what the victory meant for Vokoun, boosting his confidence especially after he lost one for us agains Philly. However, the defensive effort was terrible and Vokoun was bad, not something you’d want to see if you were a Pens fan. That was a turning point in our season because if Voky played like that in the playoffs, we wouldn’t have seen the 2nd round of the Playoffs. It made me mad when every time the Pens got the opportunity to make plays on defense, we couldn’t do it. Subbans goal with .7 secs left in period was a killer and just when Sid scored, Voky let in another one from that hobbit we call Brian Gionta. It looked like it could go either way. When we played Philly, we were being outplayed on every way possible, and then out of nowhere the Pens came back, chased Bryzgalov, Vokoun made the big saves when we needed him to (which is more than I can say for Fleury), and we earned the win. For me, that’s what makes watching hockey worthwhile, when a team works hard and earns the win.

  11. croatiannation - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Fleury’s goalie ranking dropped like a stone which is no surprise. I read he is seeing a sports shrink to get to the bottom of why he chokes in the playoffs…maybe that will help.

  12. jhuck92 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Is it any coincidence that Chicago is responsible for the majority of the great games in that list? And for the TOR-BOS game, they forgot to mention April Reimer’s stink eye towards Elisha Cuthbert. I was in tears from laughing so hard.

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