Every now and then, there’s a “Can’t believe your eyes” moment. Jonathan Quick’s save against Mats Zuccarello from the first period of Game 3 absolutely qualifies as one of those bewildering spans.
Seriously, you might not be able to catch what happened until you see the replay a time or two:
Or was it the post that stopped that shot? It was really close either way.
Zuccarello has had a busy first period, including drawing penalty late in the frame. The New York Rangers forward is making an impact as the first Norwegian-born player in a Stanley Cup Final series, even when he’s not scoring against the Los Angeles Kings.
Update: Many believe they’re seeing “2012 Quick” in Game 3. He made another big stop in the second period as the Kings nurse a 2-0 lead:
In case you’re curious, this is Jake Muzzin’s 2-0 tally:
Devan Dubnyk already showed signs of having a hot start to 2016-17, but Thursday made that point abundantly clear.
For the second straight game, Dubnyk generated a shutout, with the Minnesota Wild beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 in this instance.
It’s not as if Dubnyk is just leisurely turning aside the occasional chance, either; he made 38 saves to blank Buffalo and needed to stop 65 shots on goal considering the 27 he turned aside in a 5-0 win vs. Boston.
There are plenty of differences between Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine, including obvious things like one being from Russia and the other from Finland.
Still, there are moments when Laine inspires comparisons to his idol, even this early in his rookie season.
Thursday presented one of those moments. It wasn’t just that Laine fired a 3-0 goal home for the Winnipeg Jets against the Dallas Stars with such moxie; it was also that he showed some swagger with a celebration afterward.
This GIF captures the moment brilliantly, while you can also watch the goal in video form.
Early this season, Dmitry Orlov delighted onlookers and angered Matt Duchene with a mind-blowing, throwback hip check. People really seemed to enjoy it.
While you’d struggle to top that hit, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier must have sensed the void in checks that almost seem to flip opponents, doing so against Anthony Duclair during Thursday’s contest.
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Want another look at the Orlov one for comparison’s sake or to chuckle in disbelief? Why not: