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Save of the Night – Brent Johnson (March 21)

Mar 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

Brent Johnson, Corey Potter AP

Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

If you judge a goalie only by Goals Against Average (GAA), then you’re making a big mistake. Sure, it might be a bit better way to judge a goalie than by wins (and a whole world better than shutouts), but sometimes a netminder performs wonderfully despite allowing a handful of goals.

Brent Johnson let four pucks get past him, which sounds like a bad night, but the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie made 37 saves and didn’t allow a shootout goal either. He made some nice stops, but this one takes the cake. Johnson’s stop was a game-saver and it came on a well-executed 2-on-1 by the Detroit Red Wings. It also gets bonus points for being about as close as possible to becoming a goal without ending up over the goal line.

  1. quixotissimo - Mar 22, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Great save by Johnson at a crucial time. The Pens were back on their heels at the time, but this awesome stop put a little more spring in their step.

  2. johninpa - Mar 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Johnson has been huge for the Pens this year. Fleury had a terrible start, and Johnson came in and did the job. Great to have a guy of that skill level as back up.

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