Brent Burns (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
There are close calls and then there’s the mid-air save by Brent Burns on a David Desharnais shot attempt. Burns knocked the puck out of the air just short of it crossing the goal line, helping to preserve goaltender Alex Stalock’s shutout.
With San Jose up 3-0 nearly midway through the final frame, it appeared Montreal was about to break through with and get on the board when David Desharnais poked at a loose puck, sending it up and over an outstretched Stalock. But Burns, standing just off to the side, reached back and narrowly saved the puck from crossing the goal line – or at least from entirely crossing it. Check out how close this was:
If you don’t think it looks that close, wait until you see the overhead view from Montreal’s feed. (Provided by Reddit user Cas3man)
There’s going to be debate over whether or not the puck actually crossed the line, especially seeing as there appears to be a sliver of daylight when the puck stands exactly on edge, but the call on the ice was no goal and it was confirmed by the war room in Toronto.
The Sharks added another tally with seven minutes remaining in the third period and went on to a 4-0 win. Stalock stopped 20 shots for the shutout, and probably gave Burns a medal for saving the day. San Jose now sits three points back of the Minnesota Wild for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.