His defense allowed 10 more shots than they had at any point during these playoffs, but Niemi responded with perhaps the finest performance of his career to secure a 2-1 win for the Hawks in the Western Conference Finals opener. He made a number of scintillating gloves stops, committing leather larceny on
Don't let the six-goal margin of victory diminish the impact of Leighton's 28-save performance. The Flyers netminder was stellar, especially as his team clung to a one-goal lead while being outshot 13-6 in the first period. He made a pair of big saves early on
The voting's already closed for Norris Trophy, but this was exactly the sort of performance that earned Keith a spot on the ballot. Playing a game-high 27:16, he turned in a brilliant two-way game, keying Chicago's transition in the go-go third period and limiting the quality scoring chances of San Jose's top line throughout the contest.