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NHL Saves of the Week: November 30 – December 6

NHL Saves of the Week: November 30 – December 6

Now that we’re into the month of December, the grind of the regular season is starting to wear on some goaltenders – while others are just finding their groove. With Ondrej Pavelec, Ben Bishop, James Reimer, and Devan Dubnyk all sustaining injuries in the past two weeks, some new names have started to appear around the league.

Toronto’s Garret Sparks and Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck both make their debuts on the NHL saves of the week, with Sparks replacing the injured Reimer, and Hellebuyck replacing Pavelec. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne also made two jaw-dropping paddle saves with his stick this week, which were virtually identical. Neither of them were as good as this week’s number one save, though.

Check those saves out and more in the NHL saves of the week for November 30th to December 6th:

Jacob Markstrom – Vancouver Canucks


Markstrom is a bit behind in the play and has to reach, but recovers beautifully!

Garret Sparks – Toronto Maple Leafs

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Sparks has had a whirlwind start to his NHL career, but his game against St. Louis may have been his best.

Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings


Quick lunges out with the blocker to make a fantastic stop!

Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets


Hellebuyck uses his entire 6-foot-4 frame to get the end of his stick on this chance!

Karri Ramo – Calgary Flames


This game wasn’t the definition of a goalie’s duel, but Ramo was there for the big save when Calgary needed him.

Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins


Rask makes a pretty good first save, but the follow-up is even better!

Sergei Bobrovsky – Columbus Blue Jackets

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Bobrovsky goes full-Gumby for the rebound stop!

Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators

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No big deal, Rinne just robs a future hall-of-famer with a crazy paddle save.

Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators


This one was even closer to the goal line. Rinne is on fire!

Mike Condon – Montreal Canadiens


Carey Price who? Mike Condon with a behind-the-back glove save!

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.