Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made easily one of the most impressive saves of this NHL season in Saturday’s win over the Kings.
With Tampa Bay down a man in the first period, Vasilevskiy was screened by Dustin Brown as Anze Kopitar skated toward the net. The goalie crouched to peer through Brown’s legs, at which point he noticed Kopitar in prime scoring position and desperately threw his glove hand behind his back as Kopitar fired the puck at the gaping net.
The video above has a few great angles but here’s a GIF so you can watch it on a loop.
“To be honest, I didn’t see anything. I just saw the blade of Kopitar’s stick,” Vasilevskiy explained after the game. “I realized I didn’t have enough time to be square to the puck so I made the decision to turn the other way and I got lucky.”