Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki may very well have had his life flash before his eyes Wednesday night.
It was admirable for Suzuki, a 21-year old rookie, to hang in the Habs goal to attempt to block a shot coming towards him. He even ducked his head and tried to roll his body into the shot.
Not quite Carey Price, but he still deserves points for trying to be like Carey Price.
As for the real McCoy? He wasn’t half bad either, and his stick may very well have saved Suzuki’s face, or head, from that puck.
The game was in overtime against a Lightning squad that seems to always boast a decent amount of firepower offensively.
Carey Price versus Alexander Ovechkin
Wednesday night’s save was an amazing feat, but it might not be better than Price’s buzzer-beater save on one of the greatest goal scorers of the 21st century last season.
Not many goalies can stop an Alexander Ovechkin shot from point blank range, but Price was up to the challenge in the dying moments of a game against the Washington Capitals.
Ovechkin even gave Price his due after making his save.
No time for Miller
This save came in overtime AND in the dying seconds of the period. J.T. Miller probably should have put this game away.
But Price dove and kept the game from ending in the extra period.
Flash the leather
There is also this Price save on Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen back in 2017 in the dying seconds.
What is it with Price showing his best stuff in the final moments of games?
Maybe Price’s latest save wasn’t the best he’s ever done, but perhaps there’s still an argument to be made that it’s top five?
Neither of the ones I suggested came in the postseason, for what it’s worth.
Best of the liveblog
I hate watching the Habs lose. Weise and Belzile isn’t adding anything. I’m OK with Domi playing the 4th line with Poehling and Drouin. – Mick Chow
Good game so far. Liking the Habs play so far this period. Suzuki…. Gonna be a star. – Joseph Barrie
Grant took his sweet time getting up. – Carin Latzel
“I wasn’t quite sure what it hit when it was coming at me,” Suzuki said. “I just kind of tucked my head. I was hoping it was going to hit me and I’d block the shot but Carey did an unbelievable job saving that. Saved my head, for sure.”
All in all, Price’s effort turned into one of the best saves he’s ever made. While sprawled along his stomach on the edge of his crease, he managed to get his stick to deflect a Scott Laughton shot that could have otherwise entered the net if it didn’t hit Suzuki.
“Just desperate there,” Price said. “Nick made himself big and I think he got a piece of it as well.”
Had it not been for coronavirus restrictions, the fans in attendance surely could have appreciated Price’s heroics.
But where does it matchup versus Price’s other miraculous saves?
“Do a barrel roll!”
Carey Price robbed not one, but two Tampa Bay Lightning forwards back in 2018 with a pair of spectacular saves.
The best of the two was the second one, where Price rolls over while trying to get into position.
Ondrej Palat composes himself and still has a pretty good chance to beat Price, but he doesn’t.