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Condon Makes Incredible Behind-The-Back Glove Stop

Condon Makes Incredible Behind-The-Back Glove Stop

With Carey Price out for at least six weeks, backup goaltender Mike Condon will shoulder the majority of the load for the Montreal Canadiens. Even though he already played a stretch while Price was initially out with his injury, the rookie is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Canadiens were deadlocked 2-2 in the third period in Carolina on Saturday night when Condon had to come up huge with an incredible behind-the-back glove save on Eric Staal.

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The move of pure desperation was one of his 26 saves in the game, but unfortunately it was in a losing cause, as Jeff Skinner would score for the Hurricanes a few minutes later to take a 3-2 lead, and they would not look back. Still, that’s one of the saves that every goalie dreams of making!

As you may know, Carey Price, the man Condon is replacing, is known for making a behind-the-back save of his own back in 2008. While Condon’s came with the glove, Price’s was on the blocker side, and the windmill looked just as pretty.

It’s almost like making saves behind your back is a requirement of playing goal for the Canadiens, or something…

Kids: Please continue to practice making saves the conventional way (in front of you), but don’t be afraid to show a bit of desperation every once in a while!

With the loss to Carolina, Condon is now 9-4-3, with a .913 save percentage and 2.22 goals-against-average in 17 games. Not bad for a guy that’s just getting his first taste of NHL hockey!

For the full clip of Mike Condon’s save, 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.

2 Comments

  1. Veronique

    There was also José Théodore in the early 2000s from the Canadiens that made a save from behind, not exactly like Condon and Price though… but still!