In the Crease: Backups to target

Updated: March 8, 2011, 4:58 PM ET
By Tim Kavanagh | Special to ESPN.com

As the NHL regular season winds down, some playoff-bound teams will give their No. 1 goalie breaks more often than earlier in the season, so as to keep him fresh for the playoffs. The reasoning behind this can best be demonstrated by the case of Jonathan Quick. Last season, the Los Angeles Kings netminder was a fundamental reason why the team returned to the playoffs; once there, however, he had a couple sharp performances but fell apart as the Vancouver Canucks won three straight to close the ...

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