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Top 5 Closers in the NHL

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Oct 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) reacts after scoring a goal during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

While watching Tom Brady lead the New England Patriots down the field for the game winning score against the New Orleans, it sparked a thought. Who are the best current closers in the NHL?

5. Tim Thomas: Who said the list had to be all scorers? Tim Thomas was the best goalie on the planet in 2010-11. In the regular season, Thomas had a 93.8 save percentage and allowed 2.10 goals against for the entire season. Thomas went on to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Stanley Cup in that same season. He had a save percentage of 94% and allowed 1.98 goals against in the playoffs that season. He also record 4, yes 4 shutouts in the playoffs. Thomas for his career has a 92.1% save percentage and 2.49 goals allowed. He closed the door on many teams during his career.

4. Patrice Bergeron: Bergeron has been a key cog for the Bruins since coming into the league in 2003-04. For his career Bergeron has scored 195 goals and has 330 assists. He has 20 playoff goals and 37 assists. No goal was more clutch than his game winning goal for the Boston Bruins over the Toronto Maple Leafs last playoffs. The Bruins as you we all remember were trailing 4-1 with 11 minutes remaining in regulation. Bergeron would score the game tying goal with 51 seconds left in regulation. He would cap off the remarkable comeback with the game winning goal at 6:05 in the overtime. He closed out the Maple Leafs and would lead the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins would fall to Chicago Blackhawks because due in part to the injuries suffered by Bergeron. Bergeron for his career has 29 game winning goals.