December 13, 2009
To really appreciate Antero Niittymaki's(notes) ridiculous stick save against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night, you have to check out the camera angle from behind the net near the end of this clip:
The Tampa Bay Lightning goalie may have been helped by the spinning puck's momentum slowing just a bit as it reached the goal line, but that paddle swat by Niittymaki is still one of the best stops of the season.
Pity it came at the end of a 4-0 curb-stomping by the Blackhawks. It's like the goalie save equivalent of Raul Julia in Van Damme's "Street Fighter": an inspired performance in an otherwise regrettable few hours.
Thanks to Puck Buddy FlyerGuy18 for the video tip.