Skip to content

Video: Philipp Grubauer does the splits to deny Lightning’s Palat

Jan 10, 2014, 1:36 AM EDT

Exactly how goalies are flexible enough to do the splits on command and under pressure can sometimes be mind-boggling. It can be a spectacular sight to behold when the puck stays out of the net, too.

Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer did just that Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, robbing Ondrej Palat on a two-on-one opportunity by doing the full splits and sliding to his right early in the third period.

It was a remarkable save, one that gave the Capitals a chance for the win.

Wouldn’t you know it, Eric Fehr gave the Capitals a 4-3 lead off a deflection with 52 seconds remaining in regulation. That would turn out to be the final score.

  1. bmoreredfury311 - Jan 10, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    This kid makes it harder and harder to send him back to the Bears. And the D in front of him, makes it easier for him to stay.

    • blackfoot11 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Agreed. Well put. Go Caps

  2. lightning69 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    That was a brutally awesome save to watch. Props for a such a steal. Grubauer had several but that was a heartbreaking gem.

    Tough loss after playing such tight D on Ovi most of the night. The way the Bolts gave up a point in the last minute. And Marty of all people to lose the puck like that at the end, ouch.

    Two notes on officiating, NHL needs more consistency league wide. If it’s hooking, fine. But call it both ways and the same with ALL crews. If Matt Carle (who I loathe, but played well) deserved a roughing from a 1 hand chest shove at the blue line, but Brooks Orpik’s hit on Ericsson isn’t?? Well what does that say about officiating? Hmmmm.

    Yes, I’m complaining, but not about the loss we earned, but lack of pro level consistency.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1803)
  2. P. Kane (1287)
  3. P. Datsyuk (1264)
  4. M. Richards (1115)
  5. M. Giordano (1108)