While we got to Devan Dubnyk’s nice save on Mikko Koivu from the Arizona Coyotes’ eventual loss to the Minnesota Wild, Saturday was packed with some highlight reel stops.
Consider this a collection of some of the best saves. If you have any other suggestions that tickled your shot-stopping fancy, feel free to recommend them in the comments.
Petr Mrazek (pictured) sprawls to stop Cody Franson, although the Toronto Maple Leafs certainly got the last laugh:
Jonathan Bernier made a great save against Darren Helm in that same game:
Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t the only person who was brilliant for the Washington Capitals on Saturday, as Braden Holtby enjoyed some great moments in slowing down the Tampa Bay Lightning:
Apparently making the occasional save is in Erik Karlsson’s expansive bag of tricks:
Anything else stick out to you from last night’s game? Again, feel free to share.
It might only be mid-December, but the New Jersey Devils realize that they’re letting too many games slip away.
Surprisingly solid forward Scott Gomez expressed a sense of hope and urgency to the Bergen Record.
“Let’s face it, it’s getting into December here,” Gomez said. “The effort’s there. We’ve just got to find a way. You know how it is. You don’t want to fall behind.”
Gomez also added that “you’re not pushing the panic button,” although snarky folks might say that adding him to the mix constitutes jabbing it at least once or twice.
Whether you look at things since the beginning of this month or go back to November, it’s been mostly negative for New Jersey. The Devils are currently on a three-game losing streak and have dropped nine of 11 games. They came into November with a respectable 5-3-2 record and now find themselves at 11-15-5, ranking them 13th in the East.
Even with linemate Michael Cammalleri suffering a lower-body injury during last night’s 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars, it sounds like Jaromir Jagr ranks among those who haven’t given up hope yet.
That optimism is nice, yet if things don’t begin to turn around, that panic button might just get worn out.
It seems like the St. Louis Blues have deployed a rotating cast of red-hot forwards, even if Vladimir Tarasenko’s breakout towers over the rest. Perhaps it’s T.J. Oshie’s turn, then.
The man many fans know for that brilliant one-man shootout show in Sochi has been a terror beyond the “skills competition” lately, with his 3-2 overtime winner against the Colorado Avalanche being Saturday’s highlight reel moment:
NHL.com’s Lou Korac captures his streaky play well: his six points in the last four games matches how many he scored in his previous 19.
St. Louis would probably prefer steadier work from its scorers, yet if someone steps up more often than not, Oshie & Co. might be able to gain a reputation for big moments in the playoffs, too.
The New York Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 on Saturday thanks to their own strong play, but there’s no denying that their opponents laid an egg tonight.
Such a drubbing led to some serious soul-searching after the game.
“[At the start] we pushed a little too hard offensively and got caught,” head coach Willie Desjardins said. “If we’re getting scored on like that there needs to be adjustments system-wide. It’s on the coaches, not the players.”
Henrik Sedin backed up that sentiment, stating that the Canucks got burned because they were “gambling out there to create chances.”
Mats Zuccarello’s first of two goals is one of the better examples:
Henrik Sedin provided some telling and troubling quotes to PHT’s Cam Tucker, too.
The Canucks have now lost four in a row and five of seven games, so it’s time for Desjardins, Sedin and the rest of the team to find some answers.
Put this one in that bulging “hockey players are tough” folder: Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber didn’t miss much time despite having his arm cut by San Jose Sharks forward Tye McGinn:
Here’s video of the moment from CSNBayArea.com:
Pat Iverson shared a photo of Weber’s bloody arm on Twitter:
We’ll pass along updates if he has any setbacks.