Michal Neuvirth may not have played very much this season. And sure, maybe he missed an entire month of action because he stepped on a puck going out for warm-ups. But dang it, tonight things were going to change, and he was not going to let anybody ruin it.
Case in point, his first period save on Gustav Nyquist. It was incredible.
As Jonathan Ericsson shot the puck from the left circle, Neuvy gave up a big rebound. But instead of allowing Nyquist to score an easy goal from the slot, Neuvirth went to the splits and stretched with all his might to get his glove on the puck. Look at this.
What a save.
CSN color commentator Craig Laughlin called the acrobatic stop the NHL’s save of the year. I don’t agree with that, but it’s definitely top ten.