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NHL Saves of the Week: March 14 – 20

With Corey Crawford out due to injury, Scott Darling has been starting for the Chicago Blackhawks. He is definitely making the best of these extra games near the end of the season, because he appears on this week’s list not once, not twice…but three times! His steady play in the Chicago net has made sure that the impact of losing Crawford has not been felt. He is day-to-day with an upper body injury, and should not be out for long.

Even though Darling made a great case, he doesn’t top the list. This week’s champion is Andrei Vasilevskiy who made an incredible blocker save, then capped it off by gloving a pass into the slot behind his back!

Enjoy those saves and more in the top ten NHL saves of the week for March 14th to 20th:


Scott Darling – Chicago Blackhawks

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Parise provides a screen, then tries to jam home the rebound, but Darling stretches out!

Devan Dubnyk – Minnesota Wild


With the final seconds dying in overtime, Dubnyk reaches back for one last save.

Jacob Markstrom – Vancouver Canucks


A bare hand save? That’s not something you see every week in the NHL.

Brian Elliott – St. Louis Blues


Elliott gets a piece of the first shot, then kicks out the rebound with his toe!

Scott Darling – Chicago Blackhawks


Darling shows off his glove skills on this quick pass out in front!

Steve Mason – Philadelphia Flyers


Mason digs in his right edge, and gets over for the huge blocker save!

Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings


Quick was denying Marchand all night in this game. This toe save was fantastic!

Ondrej Pavelec – Winnipeg Jets


Pavelec shows one of his trademark flashes of brilliance with this glove save.

Scott Darling – Chicago Blackhawks


Darling pushes across for yet another fantastic save!

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning


You may have to watch this one a few times to really understand the brilliance. Vasilevskiy is a gem!

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.