When a goaltender flashes his glove and picks off a vicious snap shot or an overpowering slap shot, it can have the same impact on a hockey game that an interception has in football.
The puck is going toward the top corner, and the goaltender makes the near-impossible save. It stops the opponent's momentum and gives it to his team.
After a goalie flashes his leather, look at the eyes of the players on his team's bench. They look at each other with a lot more intensity and want to do their job a little better so they can capitalize on the momentum turn.
Here's our look at the top 10 glove hands in the NHL.