With four goals, the St. Louis Blues served up plenty of first-period material for the replay reel.
Turns out, it was their goalie that delivered the highlight of the night.
With the Calgary Flames already trailing by a pair, winger Jiri Hudler teed up T.J. Brodie for what should have been a sure goal on an offensive rush, but rookie netminder Jake Allen smacked the puck out of mid-air with his stick and then caught the puck as if he’d made the same save thousands of times.
If you missed it, it must be on YouTube by now.
“I will that’s probably the best save I’ve seen in my career,” said Flames winger Michael Cammalleri. “I thought I saw what happened when it was live but then the replay ... to not only make the save with the stick but then catch it, was pretty incredible.”
While Cammalleri refused to speculate, others in the Flames locker-room suggested the tale of Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Blues might have been different if not for Allen’s circus save.
Instead of cutting the lead in half, the Flames surrendered two more markers before the first intermission, more than enough offence for Allen to win the second straight start of his young career.
Allen's save the highlight of Blues win
Calgary Sun | Feb 16