Late in the third period of Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators goaltender Carter Hutton made what could be the save of the season.
With the Predators clinging to a 4-3 lead and on a power play even, Toronto’s Daniel Winnik hit the crossbar from the slot. Tyler Bozak chased down the rebound and threw the puck in front. The puck ricocheted off of Winnik and appeared to be headed by Hutton and into the Nashville net.
But then Hutton had a matrix moment.
“Just a pop out one-timer there,” Hutton said. “It’s one of those ones it hits his body and you are kind of like, ‘Oh no.’ I was able to just kind of spin and had my eye on it and I was able to catch it with my stick. It is one of those ones, you just get lucky sometimes too. You battle on every puck and sometimes it goes your way.”
Hutton had a better look at it than his coach did.
“I saw it quick, but I didn’t know what happened exactly,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “It looked like it was earmarked for the back of the net, but it wasn’t in the back of the net, so something spectacular happened.”
Indeed it did coach.