Who Is the Best Goalie in the Eastern Conference?


Who Is the Best Goalie in the Eastern Conference?We know, we know, it's Tim Thomas. Or Tuukka Rask if the mood strikes you.

But outside of Boston, the rest of the Eastern Conference remains stacked with elite goalies that can shut a team down and steal a win for their teams on any given night.

The Bruins are not expected to face Martin Brodeur when the Devils travel to the TD Garden on Tuesday night, but that's not to say Brodeur still won't stand on his head every once and a while. The future Hall of Famer is 2-3-0 with 3.02 GAA and an .880 save percentage this season, but his 627 career wins, four Vezina Trophies and three Stanley Cup rings still demand respect from opponents.

Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov was off of his game early this season and admitted being "lost in the woods" and "terrible" after a 9-8 loss to the Jets. But since then, he's gone 4-0-1 with a .939 save percentage and appears to be worth the price the Flyers paid to bring him in.

Marc-Andre Fleury has been stellar for the Penguins, who have not missed a beat while still waiting for Sidney Crosby to return to the ice. No Crosby, no Evgeni Malkin, no problem for Fleury, who has gone 9-2-1 to start the year with a .932 save percentage and a slim 1.87 GAA.

Meanwhile, in New York, Henrik Lundqvist broke onto the scene in 2006 and quickly became known as one of the elite goalies in the Eastern Conference. King Henrik is the only goalie to win 30 games in his first six seasons in the NHL and won the Honken trophy in his native Sweden three years in a row before joining the NHL. So, there's that.

And how could we forget Ryan Miller, who currently is recovering from a concussion suffered from a hit delivered by Milan Lucic? You won't find much sympathy for Miller here, but we will grant him some kudos for the reputation he's earned both in the Olympics and with his work for the Sabres.

So, outside of Boston's own Thomas and Rask, who is the best in the Eastern Conference?

Other than Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask, who is the best goaltender in the Eastern Conference?

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