Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros is no stranger to making highlight-reel saves.
But the one he made with a little over five minutes left in the first period of Friday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings ranks right up there among the best of his career, and it’s quite possibly the new betting favorite for Save of the Year.
After initially blocking a Shayne Gostisbehere shot from right below the right face-off dot and knocking away a loose puck in the crease during a Detroit power play, Saros lunged back to his left and made a diving glove save on Patrick Kane, who was staring at a wide-open net after corralling a cross-ice pass from Alex DeBrincat.
Saros was under siege for much of the first period as the Red Wings had 10 scoring chances for and six high-danger chances for in the frame. He escaped the frame having allowed just two goals on 12 shots.
Despite his viral save, Saros took the loss after allowing five goals on 24 shots — his third straight loss and the second consecutive game in which he’s allowed five goals.
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