There are 2-on-1 saves in hockey, and then there are saves when the goalie has one opponent firing the puck and another one practically underneath him inside the crease.
Such was life for Jean-Sebastien Giguere on this remarkable glove save on Thursday night. Check that last replay for the full effect.
Near the end of the second period in Denver, Minnesota Wild forward Kyle Brodziak rushed into the Avalanche zone and cut in on goalie Giguere. Instead of getting a shot away, he crashed into the netminder and the two of them ended up in a heap.
Cal Clutterbuck of the Wild followed the play and fired a backhander for a layup goal. That is until Giguere flashed up his glove and made one of the best saves of the season.
Alas, Nicklas Backstrom outdueled him in the game, making 37 saves in the 1-0 shutout win for Minnesota.