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NHL Saves of the Week: October 26 – November 1

NHL Saves of the Week: October 26 – November 1

The first month of the season is now complete, and the fantastic saves continue to pour in. Goaltenders around the league are just starting to hit their stride. It certainly shows in this week’s top ten saves, as two from the new three-on-three overtime setup take the crown.

Chad Johnson of the Buffalo Sabres isn’t usually a name that appears on these lists, but with Robin Lehner out, he’s been receiving a lot more playing time. He’s making the most of it, because his highlight reel, diving blocker save is in contention for the top save of the year.

Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators is a little more familiar with being in the spotlight, but even he took some time to get used to three-on-three overtime. His glove hand robbery of Johnny Gaudreau had heads spinning in Calgary for a while.

Check out those saves and all the rest of the NHL saves of the week for October 26th to November 1st:

#10
Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings

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Jonathan Quick once again shows exactly how flexible he is. It almost hurts to watch!

#9
Sergei Bobrovsky – Columbus Blue Jackets

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The puck squeaks through Bobrovsky, but he sees it just in time and smacks it out of there!

#8
Mike Condon – Montreal Canadiens

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Mike Condon is making the most of his time as Montreal’s starter with Carey Price injured.

#7
Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins

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Tuukka Rask goes old school and stacks the pads against Florida!

#6
Ryan Miller – Vancouver Canucks

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David Leggio would have just pushed the net off, but Ryan Miller decides to stop this 2-on-0 the old fashioned way.

#5
Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens

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Word came out after this game that Price was playing injured, which makes this save even more incredible!

#4
Martin Jones – San Jose Sharks

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Great saucer pass from James Neal, but Martin Jones reads it perfectly and makes an even better blocker stop.

#3
Ben Bishop – Tampa Bay Lightning

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Paddle saves are the new big thing in the NHL this year! Apparently. Ben Bishop decides to get in on the act.

#2
Craig Anderson – Ottawa Senators

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Talk about three-on-three desperation! Craig Anderson just manages to reach out and glove it.

#1
Chad Johnson – Buffalo Sabres

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Another desperation move, this time by Chad Johnson. He ditches the stick and gets it with the palm of his blocker. Shades of Dom Hasek!

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.

2 Comments

  1. Stefan

    With paddle saves “beeing the thing” I wonder when the NHL will decide it´s time to make the sticks smaller.

    • Matt

      Oh PLEASE GOD NO!!! It’s already bad enough. No more!