Kari Lehtonen, you may have some serious competition for the “Save of the Year” title.
On Friday evening, the St. Louis Blues squared off against the Calgary Flames, ultimately winning by a final score of 5-2. With Jaroslav Halak back on injured reserve and Brian Elliot struggling to get into sync, the Blues gave rookie Jake Allen is second start of his NHL career.
He certainly did not disappoint.
Allen stopped 30 of the 32 shots fired his way. The rookie looked nothing like the par, remaining calm, cool and collective in between the pipes. However, fans and players won’t be talking so much about the stats, as they will about a certain save from the 22-year old.
Halfway through the first period, the Flames exploded into the Blues’ zone. Jiri Hudler fed the puck to Alex Tanguay over the middle, who then quickly returned the favor. Then, Hudler zipped it across to an open T.J. Brodie in front of the net, an easy tap in goal.
So he thought.
Allen reached out with his stick, flipping the fired puck up into the air before snagging it with his glove. The only person more stunned than the fans was Brodie himself. The rookie goaltender thanks the hockey gods for his news-breaking save.
“I saw the guy out of the corner of my eye and it was desperation,” Allen said. “I didn’t have much of a chance so I just threw my stick out there and fortunately enough for me, it hit it and popped right up so I could catch it right away, too.”
“I took a deep breath after that. It’s one of those saves that you thank the hockey gods for and it was a big boost for us as we got two more goals after that.”
I’m sure you have already seen this multiple times, but if not, get out of that cave! I’m sorry, but just take a look.