The Toronto Maple Leafs picked themselves off the floor and delivered a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the 1st round after being thoroughly dominated in the first two affairs. This allowed Leafs Nation to give a collective sigh of relief, but first they had to pick their jaws off the floor after Frederik Andersen delivered one of the most exciting saves of the year.
With the Leafs clinging to a two-goal lead and trying to fend off the intense attack of the Bruins, Andersen found himself lunging across his net in desperation. With his paddle out, he managed to catch just enough of the puck to keep it out of the cage.
Needless to say, we were all very impressed. That is not limited to fans either.
To make matters more impressive, Andersen’s save came off the stick of David Pastrnak. The Bruins sniper has been absolutely red hot so far this postseason, with 9 points combined in the first two games. He actually had at least one point in every single period before the series shifted to Toronto.
The save was enough to keep Pastrnak pointless in the game, one of the big reasons why Toronto was able to pull off the Game 3 victory. A goal that late in the 3rd could have certainly shifted the momentum of the game, and the series.