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Andersen Denies Dumba With A Diving Paddle Save

Andersen Denies Dumba With A Diving Paddle Save

The Anaheim Ducks may not be scoring any goals lately, but that doesn’t mean Frederik Andersen is giving up. Quite the opposite, actually.

His team was in Minnesota on Saturday night, trailing 1-0 late in the first period, when a shot from the point would hit a leg and ricochet directly to Matt Dumba who was waiting at the side of the net. With Andersen down from the initial shot, his only move was to dive across the net with his stick in pure desperation. The result was a save that every goalie wishes they could make one day.

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All Dumba had to do was slide it along the ice, but he decided to try and settle the puck down so he could raise it. That hesitation proved costly, as Andersen reached back and made the brilliant stop.

The Ducks somehow couldn’t rally from this save, getting shut out once again – this time by Devan Dubnyk. Anaheim has scored a total of six goals this entire season so far.

This paddle save may be even better than Cam Ward’s paddle save that he made on Wednesday night against Colorado. Yes, that’s two diving paddle saves in less than a week!

To watch a full video of Andersen’s desperation dive, check out the video 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.