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Author: Greg Balloch

NHL Saves of the Week: February 16-22

Carey Price and Pekka Rinne continue to battle it out for the Vezina Trophy, but it was Curtis McElhinney that stole the show this week with three jaw-dropping saves! Check out the NHL Saves of the Week for February 16th – 22nd.

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Goaltender Workload and Its Effect on Save Percentage

With the advanced stat revolution taking the hockey world by storm, it’s easy to forget that some of the data collected was originally used to monitor the workload of goaltenders.

This week, the NHL finally unveiled a new website that allows users to look up shot attempts and unblocked shot attempts, along with a variety of other advanced statistics. Although these stats are in the forefront now, they have actually been around for a very long time.

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Crawford Allows Embarrassing Goal on a Dump-In

Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks were already losing 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche when disaster struck late in the third period. Brad Stuart carried the puck to the centre red line and dumped it into the Blackhawks zone to initiate a line change. As he turned his back on the play, the puck bounced towards the goal, and Crawford played it very…very casually: Talk about every goalie’s worst nightmare! Crawford realized his error immediately, and looked skyward. The goal would make it 4-1 for Colorado, a deficit that the Blackhawks would not recover from. While talking to reporters...

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John Gibson Almost Takes a Slapshot to the Face

A scary moment occurred about seven minutes into the first period of Wednesday night’s Lightning/Ducks game. John Gibson was in desperation mode, attempting to stop a Steven Stamkos shot from the high slot when his defenceman Ben Lovejoy accidentally bumped his mask off. The result was pretty terrifying: Yikes! The whistle immediately blew, and luckily Gibson was not injured on the play. The puck never made contact with his face. The incident didn’t seem to phase Gibson. He was laughing and smiling as he got up after the play. Ducks fans must be happy that he was okay, with...

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Scary close call for Winnipeg Jets Connor Hellebuyck as teammate’s stick blade got through his cage + cut him near eye; interestingly amid the debate about cat-eye cages, which are banned in Canada, the blade actually appears to go in under the lower bar of the cat-eye opening. Frankly it’s hard to see why that gap, which does nothing to help vision, needs to be big enough for a blade to get through, as unlikely as this incident might be.

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