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Goaltenders saving their best for last

Evgeni Nabokov deflected a puck during the Islanders’ first-round series with Pittsburgh.

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Evgeni Nabokov deflected a puck during the Islanders’ first-round series with Pittsburgh.

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Five primary goaltenders in these NHL playoffs entered this postseason with better career averages in the playoffs than the regular season.

A look at how their current postseason numbers stack up to the precedent they’ve set:

PlayerStatsRegular seasonPrevious playoffs2013 playoffs
Jonathan Quick, KingsGAA2.322.121.58
Save pct..915.926.944
Jonas Hiller, Ducks GAA2.512.232.37
Save pct..917.943.919
Braden Holtby, CapitalsGAA2.391.951.91
Save pct..923.935.983
Craig Anderson, SenatorsGAA2.712.291.80
Save pct..915.933.950
Evgeni Nabokov, IslandersGAA2.412.294.69
Save pct..912.913.847

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