Calvin Pickard (via Lake Erie Monsters/YouTube)
If Calvin Pickard is trying to work his way back into the NHL, it's going to be hard to deny him after his diving glove save Wednesday night. Milwaukee Admirals winger Kevin Fiala had a wide open net, but Pickard, tending goal for the Lake Erie Monsters, scrambled back across the net and robbed Fiala with an outstretched glove.
For much of November, Calvin Pickard was suiting up in the NHL and staking his claim to the starting job for the Colorado Avalanche. But once Semyon Varlamov was back in the lineup, it was back to the AHL for Pickard. While he would love to be back in the NHL, we're thankful he's not because it allowed him to make this jaw-dropping save.
In Wednesday night's outing against the Milwaukee Admirals, Pickard made a glove stop that needs to be seen to be believed. With his defense allowing an odd man rush low in the zone, Milwaukee's Viktor Arvidsson found Kevin Fiala alone at the side of the net. Fiala had the whole net to shoot at, but was absolutely robbed by Pickard's outstretched glove. Check out the stop:
As the Monsters titled it on YouTube, "Pickard... That's all." There's not much else one can say about a save of this calibre other than watch it with incredible joy. That is, unless you're Fiala, who looked stunned he didn't bury what was seemingly a tap-in.
Unfortunately for Lake Erie, they would go on to lose the game 3-2 in overtime, as Fiala got his revenge less than a minute into the extra frame. Pickard stopped 27 of 30 shots, and improved his AHL record to 19-14-8 with a 2.46 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Not bad for a netminder still two weeks away from his 23rd birthday. The future looks bright in goal for Colorado.