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Chris Driedger made what might just be the save of season for the Florida Panthers this week, a reach-back paddle stop on the goal line that made highlight reels all over the world.

While it might sometimes be tempting to dismiss desperation saves – and NHL goalies will be the first to say they’d prefer to stay off highlight reels because it usually means they’re making up for an earlier mistake or bad read – there are important lessons in this one for Driedger.

They go well beyond the save itself. For Driedger, saves like that start with practice habits, and changing his in a way that allows him to make more of those stops was one of the keys to going from the ECHL two years ago to third in the NHL with a .927 save percentage now.

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