NHL's Top 25 Saves of the Season

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2011

NHL's Top 25 Saves of the Season

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    One of the most exciting moments in the NHL is when a goalie makes a fantastic save and robs the opponent of a certain goal.

    The first few months of the 2011-12 season have been full of great saves made by top goalies like Tim Thomas and backups like Ben Scrivens.

    Some made unbelievable athletic moves to save the puck, and some got a little lucky. Either way, these saves are awesome.

    Let's look at the 25 best saves of the year thus far.

Pekka Rinne Robs Vincent Lecavalier

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    Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne robs Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier of a great scoring chance.

    Rinne has been good this season and has not regressed after his Vezina Trophy nomination last year.

Cory Schneider Stops Jordan Eberle

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    Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider has outplayed Roberto Luongo this season and has made many good saves, like this one on Oilers forward Jordan Eberle.

Jimmy Howard Stop Evgeni Malkin with Little Room to Spare

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    Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has been superb this season and is one of the primary reasons the team has done well after a bad stretch of play following a good start to the season.

Ondrej Pavelec Makes Great Late-Game Save

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    Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec makes an unbelievable save here to stop the Minnesota Wild from tying the game late in the third period.

Antti Niemi Makes a Great Pad Save

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    San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi makes a great pad save to rob Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa of an almost certain goal.

Johan Hedberg Gloves a Nate Thompson Shot

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    New Jersey Devils backup Johan Hedberg makes a fantastic glove save on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nate Thompson.

Cam Ward Denies Daniel Sedin of a Certain Goal

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    Carolina Hurricanes star Cam Ward makes an amazing save to stop Daniel Sedin from scoring.

Devan Dubnyk Stops Shane Doan

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    Devan Dubnyk stops Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan with an unbelievable save.

Cory Schneider Stops Bowman's Hat Trick Chance

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    Vancouver Canucks backup Cory Schneider stops Anaheim Ducks forward Drayson Bowman on a breakaway chance that would have given him a hat trick.

Cam Ward Robs Keith Ballard

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    Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward returns to the list with a sensational glove save to rob Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard of a goal.

Mike Smith Stops Ryan Getzlaf

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    Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith robs Ryan Getzlaf with a great glove save, showing some good patience too.

Tim Thomas Dives to Make the Save

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    Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas makes a diving save to keep the score 2-0 in favor of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Henrik Lundqvist Stands Tall in Goal

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    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a spectacular save to keep the Rangers in front of the Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-0.

Chris Mason Makes 2 Great Saves

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    Winnipeg Jets goalie Chris Mason makes two awesome saves against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jamie Benn Robbed by Antti Niemi

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    Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn has his shot stopped brilliantly by San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi.

Marc-Andre Fleury Stops Claude Giroux

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    Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux thinks he has a goal but Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury says NO!

Tuukka Rask Makes Amazing Save

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    Boston Bruins backup Tuukka Rask makes an amazing save to rob Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane of an awesome goal-scoring opportunity. 

Martin Brodeur Uses Two Pads

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    New Jersey Devils legendary goalie Martin Brodeur uses two pads to stop Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel from scoring.

Cory Schneider Stops Shea Weber

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    Canucks goalie Cory Schneider stops Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber despite being screened in front of his net.

Carey Price Denies Joe Thornton

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    Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price denies San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton of a glorious scoring attempt with a great save from post to post.

Jonas Hiller Denies the Canadiens

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    Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller denies the Montreal Canadiens from tying the game with a tremendous save.

Ben Scrivens Denies Mike Fisher

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    Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens makes an unbelievable save to stop Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher from a certain goal.

Roberto Luongo Stops Jaromir Jagr

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    Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo makes a great save to deny Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr from scoring.

Ben Scrivens Makes an Amazing Save

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    Maple Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens makes an unreal save to deny the St. Louis Blues from tying the game at 2-2.

Ilya Bryzgalov Robs Teemu Selanne

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    Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov robs Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne with a spectacular glove save.