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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.

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

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    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