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NHL Saves of the Week: December 29 – January 4

NHL Saves of the Week: December 29 – January 4

As 2014 turns into 2015, a lot of people like to reflect on the past year and begin to look forward to future changes. At least one thing remains constant: Goalies are incredible and will continue to make amazing saves week after week! This week is a mixed bag of highlights including two eerily similar saves in the shootout from Jonathan Quick and Frederik Andersen –  as well as a goal line robbery from Jonathan Bernier. Check out the NHL Saves of the Week for December 29, 2014 to January 4, 2015:

Jonas Hiller – Calgary Flames


Hiller has to react to the initial shot, a tip, and a rebound chance – all within 2 seconds. Unbelievable!

Anton Khudobin – Carolina Hurricanes


This was Khudobin’s first shot of the game, 16 minutes in. Great focus!

Semyon Varlamov – Colorado Avalanche


Varlamov with a fantastic second effort, then a quick recovery.

Frederik Andersen – Anaheim Ducks


Right place, right time or great glove placement? You be the judge!

Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings


Jonathan Quick stays with this shootout attempt, right until the bitter end.

Frederik Andersen – Anaheim Ducks

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This save is eerily similar to Quick’s, but the move from Ellis was even fancier – so Andersen gets the edge.

Ryan Miller – Vancouver Canucks


Ryan Miller loves beating his little brother’s Red Wings!

Marc-André Fleury – Pittsburgh Penguins


Great job reading the play and aggressive challenge from Fleury!

Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers


Even King Henrik busts out the two-pad stack every once in a while!

Jonathan Bernier – Toronto Maple Leafs


Vanek thought he had a sure goal, but Bernier watches the puck and sticks with it all the way.

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.