As the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs approach, the games get more and more important. Every shift, pass, and shot count.
Some teams are trying to claw their way into a playoff spot, while others are jostling for better positioning. Teams are playing their hearts out and playing the hardest hockey of the regular season.
This leaves quite the difficult task for the goalies.
The goalie is the last line of defense on an NHL team. In some cases, they are the only line of defense.
They have to elevate their games as much as their teammates, if not more. With forwards being the hungriest they have been all season long, the goalies are counted on to make bigger saves.
Here are five saves from last week that really stood out.