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NHL Saves of the Week: December 21 – 27

NHL Saves of the Week: December 21 – 27

Even though the week was drastically shortened because of the break for the holidays, there was no shortage of highlight-reel saves to choose from! Cam Talbot began the week with a pre-Christmas performance for the ages. His partner Anders Nilsson must have been jealous, because he stole the spotlight after Christmas with an absolutely beautiful glove save.

With Marc-Andre Fleury still out with an injury, Matt Murray and Jeff Zatkoff have been picking up the slack in Pittsburgh. Their goal-scoring woes continues, but both goaltenders have been solid – especially Zatkoff, who tops this week’s list with a great diving paddle save.

Enjoy those saves and more in the NHL saves of the week for December 21st to 27th:

#10
Mike Condon – Montreal Canadiens

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Condon almost got burned by going down too early, but recovered nicely with an aggressive move!

#9
Jake Allen – St. Louis Blues

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Allen picks his rebound up just in time to rob Marchand.

#8
Steve Mason – Philadelphia Flyers

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Mason shuts down the NHL’s top sniper like it’s nothing.

#7
Antti Niemi – Dallas Stars

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Niemi lunges across to make a huge blocker stop.

#6
Anders Nilsson – Edmonton Oilers

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From RVH to robbery, this sequence was phenomenal.

#5
Jacob Markstrom – Vancouver Canucks

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Markstrom uses all of his height to get his leg on this Stamkos chance!

#4
Cory Schneider – New Jersey Devils

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Cory Schnieder stops the first chance, and somehow manages to cover the rebound!

#3
Cam Talbot – Edmonton Oilers

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This was part of a 44-save performance from Talbot, who looks to have found his groove.

#2
Brian Elliott – St. Louis Blues

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Hemsky flubs it, but it was still going in. Give Elliott full credit on this one!

#1
Jeff Zatkoff – Pittsburgh Penguins

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Pure desperation from Zatkoff, and he just gets the paddle down in time!

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.