Jonas Gustavsson’s Monster Save

Dec 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (50) makes a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Detroit defeated Toronto 5-4 in an overtime shoot out. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jonas Gustavsson is not a typical goaltender; he relies on his reflexes and agility more than positioning and size.

While this can cause him to be out of position at times, it also means that he has the ability to recover and make incredible saves like he did last night against the Maple Leafs.

Jonas Gustavsson slide to far out of the net to make a save, trusting that the defense would block any cross ice passes, but Mason Raymond was able to get the puck across and it landed on the stick of Dion Phaneuf.

Phaneuf had scored earlier to make it a 3-2 game and was staring at an empty net, but Gustavsson recovered just enough to get his stick on the puck to keep it out of the net.

Phaneuf threw his hands up like he had scored, but play continued and Gustavsson made him look dumb.

The lead did not last much longer for the Red Wings and after the second period came to a close it was all tied up at 3 a piece, but at that point of the game it was a big save which kept the Wings ahead. If they had scored on that shot, there could have been a much different outcome for the Detroit Red Wings.

The Monster had already made a miraculous save earlier this season, but with this save he could have beaten himself out for save of the year.

Topics: Detroit Red Wings, Jonas Gustavsson, NHL

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