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Chad Johnson (ice hockey)

Surprise goaltenders make big impacts on playoffs' 1st round

Michal Neuvirth, Thomas Greiss and Martin Jones were sitting on the bench as playoff backups a year ago. Jeff Zatkoff and Matt Murray were in the minors.

Yet all five goaltenders have been difference makers in the first round of this year's Stanley Cup playoffs.

Neuvirth has singlehandedly gotten the Flyers back into their series, Thomas Greiss has been a rock for the Islanders, Jones beat his former team to lead the San Jose Sharks into the second round and Zatkoff held down the fort before Murray returned from injury to get the Penguins back on track.

"They've bounced around, they've been traded, they had to do their due diligence behind other goalies that...