Predators goalie Carter Hutton left Flyers winger Michael Raffl looking sick to his stomach with what may have been the most remarkable save of the NHL season. Despite being behind the net when Raffl let loose his shot, Nashville's netminder somehow managed to make a sliding glove save to preserve a 2-1 lead in the second period.
The improbable scenario began when Hutton briefly left his goal unattended after Philadelphia's Claude Giroux dumped the puck into Nashville's zone. As Hutton went behind the net to retrieve the puck, it bounced farther off the boards than he anticipated. With the net clear, Raffi beat Nashville's defenders to the loose puck. The net was still open when he shot but incredibly the 28-year-old goalie rushed back to make the save.
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"But when Carter Hutton looks back on his career many years from now, that might be the highlight save," Fox Sports Tennessee announcer Pete Weber said after the save.
Having been quieted down by Hutton's glove, the stunned Philadelphia crowd let out a loud gasp after watching the replay. As for Raffi, he could just look down at the ice in disbelief.
The Predators went on to win 4-3 in a shootout.
Check out the amazing image of Hutton's candidate for "Save of the Year" captured by AP photographer Tom Mihalek.