Save of the Night

Jimmy Howard, Sergei Kostitsyn

Save of the Night – Jimmy Howard (April 2)

Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

It’s hard to argue with the idea that the Detroit Red Wings might be the gold standard of professional sports teams. Sure, the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers are up there, but there seems to be a lack of deftness to their success. The Yankees buy the majority of their talent; the Lakers regularly receive trade-for-Pau-Gasol type “lucky breaks.” Maybe the Red Wings were a bit like those teams before the lockout, but since then, they’ve had to play under the same salary cap parameters as everyone else.

Yet they still stand hand and shoulders above every other NHL franchise.

Jimmy Howard’s slow but steady development is a great example of why the Red Wings are strides ahead of everyone else. He earned his 35th win of the 2010-11 season as Detroit came back from a 3-0 deficit to clinch their 20th consecutive playoff berth by beating the Nashville Predators in OT. It’s possible they wouldn’t have won the game if Howard didn’t make this beautiful save, the best of April 2nd … and maybe one of the best of the season.

Save of the Night – Chris Mason (March 31)

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Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

Ondrej Pavelec was the clear-cut starter for the Atlanta Thrashers this season, but Chris Mason might be one of the league’s most underrated backups.

He underscored that fact on Thursday night, as he stopped all 43 Philadelphia Flyers shots he faced. Despite the fact that the Thrashers almost got doubled up (Philly out-shot them 43-22), they still won 1-0 because of his work.

His best save came against Daniel Briere, who couldn’t cash in a point-blank shot because of Mason’s quick legs. Check it out below.

Save of the night: Ryan Miller’s ridiculous save on Joffrey Lupul

Ryan Miller

Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

Ryan Miller would be the first to tell you he had a rough game last night losing to the Maple Leafs 4-3. While he’d like to forget most of that game, he did have the save of the night as he found a most ridiculous style in which to stop Joffrey Lupul late in the third period to help keep the game at a one goal deficit.

Save of the Night – Joey MacDonald (March 28)

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Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

From the looks of things, the Detroit Red Wings probably won’t need to lean on Joey MacDonald too much being that Jimmy Howard’s shoulder injury seems to only be day-to-day.

Even though MacDonald is putting up nice individual numbers, his record is a paltry 5-4-3 in net. MacDonald stopped 38 out of the 41 shots in a losing effort against the Chicago Blackhawks Monday night, including this sterling stop that earned the March 28th Save of the Night against Michael Frolik. It was a golden opportunity for the young Czech winger, but Joey Mac was up to the task, as you can see below.

Save of the night: Marc-Andre Fleury robs Michal Repik with the pad

Marc-Andre Fleury

Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

Marc-Andre Fleury has very quietly been the biggest reason why the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to stay strong in the East and keep winning. He’s also the reason the Philadelphia Flyers have to keep looking over their shoulders in their effort to win the Atlantic Division. Now the Florida Panthers have a good reason to shake their heads at Fleury after his insane leg save on Michal Repik. Fleury’s save kept the Panthers off the board and allowed the game to go to a shootout where the Penguins took home the win, their fourth straight. Oddly enough, all four wins on this streak have come in the shootout. Be sure to thank Marc-Andre for his work Pens fans.