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NHL Saves of the Week: January 12 – 18

NHL Saves of the Week: January 12 – 18

What a week for goalies! Last week Joni Ortio was called up by the Flames and promptly shut out the Canucks. This week he started two more games and won them both – making two great saves that appear on this week’s list. Anton Khudobin made a huge diving save with his arm, but Kari Lehtonen makes an even better save by robbing Marian Hossa on the goal line. Check out all of these saves and more in the NHL saves of the week for January 12th to 18th:

Joni Ortio – Calgary Flames


Joni Ortio is making good use out of his first call-up of the season!

Jonathan Bernier – Toronto Maple Leafs


Bernier slides across the seals the lower half of the net with the paddle down.

Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals

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Holtby proves the importance of just getting something to the middle of the net.

Semyon Varlamov – Colorado Avalanche


Tough angle for Palat, but Varlamov just manages to get his right pad over for the save.

Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers


Lundqvist is positionally sound, but can still flash leather if he needs to!

Mike Smith – Arizona Coyotes


Mike Smith channels his inner Kirk McLean for this two-pad stack save!

Calvin Pickard – Colorado Avalanche


Pickard continues to play strong, even with Varlamov back from injury.

Joni Ortio – Calgary Flames


Three starts in a row and a 3-0-0 record for Joni Ortio. He’s on a roll!

Anton Khudobin – Carolina Hurricanes

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Great diving stop from Anton Khudobin. He got it with the arm!

Kari Lehtonen – Dallas Stars

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This is about as close as it gets! Kari Lehtonen steals it off the line.

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.