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Top Ten NHL Goalies of the 2010s

The 2010s consisted of some of the greatest goalies to date in the NHL.


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Of the goalies listed in this list, they won a combined total of eight Stanley Cups just in the 2010s alone.

Let’s take a look at how these goalies stack up.

10. Sergei Bobrovsky:

Sergei Bobrovsky played a total of 488 games in the 2010s, mainly for the Columbus Blue Jackets, leading them to four playoff appearances, including the franchise’s first playoff series win this past season over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With an overall save percentage of .918, and goals against average of 2.51, Bobrovsky was awarded the Vezina Trophy in 2013, and 2017 where he recorded save percentages of .932, and .931, as well as recording four, and seven shutouts respectively.

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In 2019 the Russian goalie earned an impressive total of nine shutouts as he played an instrumental role in Columbus’ upset over Tampa Bay.

Currently a Florida Panther, Bobrovsky has had yet another impressive season helping the Florida Panthers battle in the Wild Card race.

9. Ben Bishop:

Despite only having a starting goalie role since the 2013-14 NHL Season, Ben Bishop has definitely established himself as an elite goalie in the NHL.

In 391 games played in the 2010s, Bishop recorded a save percentage of .921, a goals against average of 2.30, along with 32 shutouts.

Making four playoff appearances (three with Tampa Bay, one with Dallas), Bishop went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015, falling to Chicago eventually.

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Bishop has also been a Vezina runner-up three times (2014, 2016, and 2019), in which he earned a save percentage of .926 in 2016, and .934 in 2019.

Last year saw Bishop record an incredible 1.98 goals against average.

What is holding back this impressive goalie is the fact he only played just over half of the decade, where other goalies ranked higher played the entire decade at an elite level.

8. Corey Crawford:

Playing in 461 games for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010s, Corey Crawford won two Stanley Cups, and two William Jennings Trophies both in 2013, and 2015.

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In 2013 Crawford recorded a goals against average of 1.94, and a save percentage of .926; in 2016 Crawford earned himself a total of seven shutouts.

Crawford’s best playoff appearance of his seven thus far is without a doubt his 2013 run as he helped the Blackhawks win their second Stanley Cup in four years with a save percentage of .932, and goals against average of 1.84 over the course of 23 games.

Overall Crawford was a solid goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks this past decade with a save percentage of .917, goals against average of 2.45, along with 25 shutouts.

7. Braden Holtby:

Becoming the starter for the Washington Capitals in the 2012-13 NHL Season, Braden Holtby played a total of 449 games for Washington, earning himself the Vezina Trophy in 2016, the William Jennings Trophy in 2017, and finally the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 2018 over the Vegas Golden Knights.

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By far 2017 was Holtby’s best season where he recorded nine shutouts, a save percentage of .925, and a goals against average of 2.07.

Playoff wise, the Saskatchewan native has seven playoff appearances, three of them in which he recorded a goals against average of less than 2.00.

Despite the criticism he may get from frustrated Capitals fans, Holtby is arguably Washington’s greatest goalie of all-time, aside from Olaf Kolzig.

6. Tuukka Rask:

Like Braden Holtby, Tuukka Rask became the starter for the Boston Bruins in the 2012-13 NHL Season, and has led the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Finals appearances, losing both; Rask was however the back-up to Tim Thomas when Boston won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

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The Finnish goalie was awarded the Vezina Trophy in 2014 where he recorded a save percentage of .930, a goals against average of 2.04, as well as seven shutouts.

Tuukka Rask has had three incredible playoff runs of his five total appearances.

In 2013 Rask recorded three shutouts, a goals against average of 1.88, and a save percentage of .940, 2014 saw Rask earn a save percentage of .928, along with a goals against average of 1.99.

Just last year in Boston’s Stanley Cup Finals run, Rask recorded two shutouts, a save percentage of .934, and a goals against average of 2.02.

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In a total of 498 games played in the past decade, Tuukka Rask recorded the fourth most shutouts of 44.

5. Carey Price:

The franchise goalie of the Montreal Canadiens is without a doubt a top five goalie of the 2010s.

There is one impressive fact that gets Carey Price in the top five; he is the only goalie among this group that has been awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, and Ted Lindsay Trophy, both in 2015.

Price was also awarded the Vezina Trophy, and William Jennings Trophy in 2015.

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So how good was Price that season?

Phenomenal.

Carey Price played a total of 66 games, winning 44, and recording a save percentage of .933, a goals against average of 1.96, along with nine shutouts.

Price did lead Montreal to six playoff appearances in the past decade, although Montreal only made it as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 2014.

4. Pekka Rinne:

Another Finnish goalie in the top ten goalies of the 2010s, Pekka Rinne has spent his entire career with the Nashville Predators, playing the second most games of 565, and recording the second most wins of 309.

Pekka Rinne also recorded the most shutouts in the past decade with a total of 49, as he had five seasons with over five shutouts.

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Winning the Vezina in 2018, Rinne was also the runner up to the award in 2011, 2012, and 2015.

In eight playoff appearances, Pekka Rinne’s best playoff run was Nashville’s 2017 Stanley Cup Finals appearance where the elite goalie recorded a goals against average of 1.96, and a save percentage of .930.

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The following season Rinne picked up right where he left off recording eight shutouts, and a save percentage of .927 as Nashville won the franchise’s first President’s Trophy.

3. Henrik Lundqvist:

Playing for the New York Rangers his entire career, Henrik Lundqvist played the most games in the 2010s with a total of 579, however has struggled in recent years to remain regarded as the best goalie of this decade as the Rangers have been in the process of rebuilding.

Lundqvist’s two most impressive seasons were the 2012, and 2013 seasons where he was awarded the Vezina Trophy, and was a Vezina runner-up respectively.

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In 2012 the Swedish native recorded eight shutouts, a goals against average of 1.97, and a save percentage of .930; the following season saw Lundqvist record a save percentage of .926, and goals against average of 2.05.

In his time with the Rangers, Lundqvist as been a part of seven playoff appearances, including a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2014, and Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2012, and 2015.

2. Marc-Andre Fleury:

Former Pittsburgh, and current Vegas goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury could be referred to as the winningest goalie of the past decade.

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From Quebec, Fleury won the most games in the 2010s with a total of 322, as well as two Stanley Cups in 2016, and 2017.

Fleury also made ten playoff appearances in the past decade, however his 2018 Stanley Cup Finals appearance by far was the most impressive where he earned four shutouts, a save percentage of .927, and a goals against average of 2.24.

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Fleury’s most impressive Regular Season’s occurred in 2015, and 2019 in which he recorded ten shutouts, and eight shutouts respectively.

1. Jonathan Quick:

From Milford, Connecticut, Jonathan Quick without a doubt has been an instrumental piece to the Los Angeles King’s success in the last decade.

Quick played a crucial role in the King’s 2012 Stanley Cup victory where he recorded three shutouts, a save percentage of .946, a goals against average of 1.41, and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff’s MVP.

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The following year Quick once again led the King’s to another deep playoff run before falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals. Quick recorded a save percentage of .934, a goals against average of 1.86, and three shutouts.

The year after that saw Quick, and the King’s win their second Stanley Cup where the Connecticut native recorded two shutouts, and a save percentage of .911.

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Individually, Jonathan Quick was awarded the Jennings Trophy in 2014, and 2018, and was a Vezina runner-up in 2012, and 2016.

Regular Season wise Quick is consistent as they get with six seasons with over five shutouts, which helped him earn the second most of the 2010s with 47 total.

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One comment

  1. You lost me at your Bob comments. He signed maybe the worst contract in the NHL and the panthers are already regretting it

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