Anyone who has made a list of the best saves of 2016 might want to take a minute to make a revision after Carey Price turned in one of the best stops of the season in a year-ending contest against the Penguins.
The start of a new year brings with it the opportunity for every goaltender in every league to make their mark with one beautiful save or miraculous stop that turns heads throughout the hockey world.
And for every goaltender hoping to make the end-of-year best-of list for their work in the crease, they can be thankful that Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price just so happened to make his very best save of the past year on the final day of 2016.
During Saturday’s tilt between the Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins, Price, who had already turned heads with a stellar stop just days before the new year, made the type of 10-bell stop that reminds everyone exactly why he’s the best goaltender in the world. Midway through the first frame, as the Penguins buzzed the net, Chris Kunitz made a perfect pass out front to Conor Sheary, who fired a puck that looked destined for the back of the net.
Instead, Carey Price was Carey Price. There’s no use explaining beyond that. Just watch:
The first blocker save, sure. That one isn’t so hard to wrap one’s head around. The second, though, is absolutely ridiculous. Were it not for the save coming on Dec. 31, there’s almost no doubt the stop would have landed itself on most, if not all, best-saves-of-the-year lists. Not only that, but Price likely would have held down one of the top few spots on each list.
Price’s effort kept the Penguins off the board and it remained that way throughout the first period, but Pittsburgh managed to beat Price four times on the evening en route to a 4-3 overtime victory.
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