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Watch Carey Price throw one last stick stop into contention for save of the year

To the surprise of almost no one, Carey Price has yet another entry save of the year, and this one comes at just about the last minute. Watch as Price reaches back to steal a sure goal from the Lightning’s Ondrej Palat.
via Sportsnet/YouTube

via Sportsnet/YouTube

There are few things better than a goaltender making a stop so unexpected that fans and players from the home team start to celebrate before the puck has even crossed the goal line only to realize the puck hasn’t hit the back of the net.

And on Wednesday night, Carey Price had Tampa Bay Lightning fans out of their seats and Victor Hedman ready to raise his arms high in celebration before both came to the realization that somehow, someway, the Montreal Canadians MVP puckstopper had robbed Ondrej Palat of what looked like a sure goal.

Price’s save came one minute into the second frame of Wednesday’s tilt between the Canadiens and Lightning with Tampa Bay searching for the game-tying goal. The Lightning were in on the forecheck when Jonathan Drouin forced a turnover below the goal line and made a perfect backhand pass to Tyler Johnson, who looked to be in prime position for a shot on goal. As Johnson wound up his shot, Price came out to challenge, which is when Johnson spotted Palat to the side of the goal and slid the puck over for what should have been an empty-net tap-in.

“Should have” doesn’t mean it was, though. Watch Price reach back and absolutely baffle the Palat and the Lightning faithful with a marvellous paddle stop:

Palat’s shot was about as close as it gets to eluding the netminder without actually doing so. Making matters worse in the immediate for the Lightning was that Price’s stop would set the table for the Canadiens to score shortly thereafter, as Chris Terry netted his second goal of the campaign mere minutes after Palat was turned aside.

Despite Price making yet another otherworldly save, though, the Lightning would get the last laugh. 

In the back half of the third period, the wheels fell off for the Canadiens. Hedman scored to bring Tampa Bay within one, with Palat getting his revenge, and tying the game, with a power play marker with 3:30 remaining in the contest. Then, in overtime, Johnson netted the winner, shooting from nearly the exact same spot he had passed from on the Price save.

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