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Throwback Thursday: Belfour’s Magic Glove

Throwback Thursday: Belfour’s Magic Glove

Last week, Fred Brathwaite’s sensational stick save was featured on Throwback Thursday. Even though that was arguably one of the greatest saves ever made, Ed Belfour’s jaw-dropping glove stop on Sergei Fedorov in game five of the 1995 Western Conference Final may top it.

With the Red Wings leading the series 3 games to 1, it was a must-win scenario for the Blackhawks. Halfway through the game Denis Savard would turn the puck over at the blue line, leading to an odd man chance for the Red Wings inside the Blackhawks’ zone. Alone on Belfour’s glove side, Fedorov would fire a one-timer into the wide open net.

It looked like a sure goal, but Eddie the Eagle saved the day.

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Despite being caught flat-footed, Belfour was somehow able to fall backward and stretch his glove hand out. He held it in the perfect spot, because the puck went right in despite 95% of the net being open. Fedorov had 50 points in 42 games that season, and was considered one of the league’s most elite scorers. He lost this round.

The common mantra for a desperation save like this is “just get something to the middle of the net” because the majority of shooters will direct the puck there. Well, it proved to be true on this occasion, and it couldn’t have come at a more important time.

Sadly, the Blackhawks would go on to lose the game and the series 2-1 in double overtime on a goal by Slava Kozlov. The Red Wings would move on to the Stanley Cup final, but lost to Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils – who won the first of their three Stanley Cup victories from 1995-2003.

Even though his team lost the series, this save will be remembered forever. Every “best glove save” highlight reel needs to include this one. It is easily one of the best saves that Ed Belfour made in his hall-of-fame career, and he stopped a lot of pucks.

Watch a full video of Belfour’s amazing save below.

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.