Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek is one of the reasons Detroit is leading Tampa Bay three games to two in their first-round playoff series, and Monday in Game 6, Mrazek made his best stop of the post-season – and maybe the best save any NHL goalie has made all year – by turning aside a Brian Boyle shot with his stick.
The Wings were trailing the Bolts 2-0 early in the second period when Bolts center Vladislav Namestnikov broke in on Mrazek on a 2-on-1, and a great pass by Namestnikov left Boyle with a wide-open net to shoot at. But Mrazek somehow managed to get his stick in front of the shot to keep Tampa's lead at two:
When the TV play-by-play announcer is reflexively talking as if you've allowed a goal and you managed to turn aside the shot, you've done something special. Expect to see this highlight replayed for years.