The first round of the NHL playoffs are over. And with them, the Stanley Cup chances of eight deserving backup goaltenders. Florida’s Scott Clemmensen outplayed starter Jose Theodore in the Panthers’ seven-game loss to the Devils, as coach Kevin Dineen wavered between them as if each goalie was a devil or angel on his shoulder. Corey Schneider was so good in replacing Roberto Luongo for the ousted Canucks that Luongo will soon be ousted himself -- despite the fact that he played well behind Vancouver’s half-assed skaters. Goodnight as well, to Ray Emery, Thomas Greiss, Ty Conklin, Ben Bishop, Brent Johnson, and Anton Khudobin.
Remaining are the following:
Martin Biron, who is not even the oldest goalie named Martin left in the playoffs, and wears a sweet USA USA USA helmet despite the fact that he's so Canadian.
Jonathan Bernier, who will probably not get be a backup goalie next year when he is traded to Chicago or Toronto or Tampa Bay.
Jason LaBarbera, who is deservingly known to some fans Jason LOLBarbera.
Johan Hedberg, who was the backup goalie on Sweden’s 2002 Olympic ice hockey team.
Jake Allen, who has never played in the NHL and only recently joined the postseason roster to replace the injured Jaroslav Halak. Usual Blues backup/sometimes starter Brian Elliott, who happened to lead the NHL in Goals Against Average, will be starting games one and two.
Sergei Bobrovsky, who is more likely than any of these guys to be important because he is the only one who’s the understudy for Ilya Bryzgalov.
Dany Sabourin, who has not appeared in an NHL game since the 2008-09 season, and is only on the roster because 19 Caps goalies have been injured this season. (Washington's starter Braden Holtby only played in seven games all year, which is exactly how many he has played so far in the postseason. He is awesome.)
Anders Lindback, who’s name is Anders Lindback!