There's something to be said for a jaw-dropping goal, but nothing in hockey makes you stand up and say, "How is that possible?!" like an incredible save. The past year spoiled us with great saves, and while a great glove is fantastic, 2014 may have been the year of the paddle.
Say what you will about an outstanding goal, but there are few things greater than a how-did-he-do-that save.
In 2014, the NHL spoiled us with some of the most incredible stops we’ve seen to date. All but one of the best saves from the calendar year come from the world’s best league, and rightfully so. Because when you’re facing the best shooters, the saves are made that much tougher.
And while the paddle save is frequent among the top 10 saves of the past year, there are a few glove stops mixed among them that will leave you shaking your head. If you like goal scoring, this may be nightmare fuel. Feast your eyes on the top 10 saves of 2014:
10. Marc-Andre Fleury comes across the crease for outstanding glove stop
9. Jonathan Quick back heel save on Blake Wheeler
8. Quick back again with incredible glove stop
7. Cam Ward leaves Blake Comeau shaking his head
6. Ryan Miller’s reach back paddle stop on Grabovski
5. Ilya Sorokin makes jaw-dropping stick save
4. Henrik Lundqvist makes incredible blocker save
3. Carter Hutton comes out of nowhere with the glove save
2. Kari Lehtonen robs Jarret Stoll of easy goal
1. Ward haunts Bryan Little’s dreams with amazing stick save