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Throwback Thursday: Fred Brathwaite’s Stick Save

Throwback Thursday: Fred Brathwaite’s Stick Save

Although he only spent three years with the Flames, Fred Brathwaite left a large impact on the fans in Calgary. He was a member of the team during his prime years, and he put up some of the best statistical numbers of his career during that time – most notably in the 2000-2001 season.

One particular save stands out from Brathwaite’s time in Calgary, and it occurred during a regular season game in Detroit on March 15th, 2001. With the Flames clinging to a 2-1 lead in the third period, Brathwaite made a save on Kirk Maltby, but the puck would squeak through his pads.

What he did next was legendary.

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The unfortunate truth about this save is that shortly after, the Red Wings would tie the game.

Then they would take the lead.

Then they would go on to score two more times, as Brendan Shanahan enjoyed a four-goal game in a 5-2 Red Wings win.

The save would not matter in the end, but we will always have this clip to look back on and admire – certainly one of the finest of Fred Brathwaite’s career.

The commentary from Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond on the Detroit Red Wings feed may have been even better than the save itself. They couldn’t believe their eyes, and rightly so.

Watch the full clip of the save, including the commentary, 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.