However, a few netminders on Cup-worthy playoff teams have fallen apart in the first round after performing well during the regular season.
The explosive offenses of the Penguins and Flyers has made goaltending a non-factor in that series, but has inflated the goals-against averages of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (5.43 GAA, 20 goals allowed) and the Flyers' Ilya Bryzgalov (4.95 GAA, 17 goals allowed).
In the Red Wings-Predators series, Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard–who looked like a potential Vezina winner during the regular season–has registered a sub-par .879 save percentage in four games. Nashville leads the Red Wings 3-1 in the series and has a chance to advance at home with a win on Friday night.
And last, but not least comes New England's favorite Canuck, Roberto Luongo. Luongo has played in only two of the four games of the Canucks-Kings series, which Los Angeles leads 3-1. The Canucks starting goalie has once again shared playing time with Corey Schneider due to a lackluster performance between the pipes. He has surrendered seven goals in two games, with a GAA of 3.59, save percentage of .891 and an 0-2 record.