ST. LOUIS - When Devils forward Nico Hischier won a race for a loose puck at center ice to get a breakaway with 2:15 left in overtime Tuesday, all you could do was hold your breath and hope for the best.
New Jersey had had possession of the puck for most of the overtime period, and now Blues goalie Carter Hutton was going to be asked to come up big yet again.
Hischier skated in all alone with the game on the line and fired stick side. His shot went off the far post and caromed right in front to New Jersey's Marcus Johansson, who was facing a wide-open net. Somehow, with Hutton deep in his crease, the Blues goalie threw out his left pad in desperation and denied Johansson in one of the most spectacular saves you'll ever see.
The Blues would beat the Devils 3-2 in a shootout thanks to goals from Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko, and a few more timely saves from Hutton.
"I felt like we couldn't lose," Tarasenko said of Hutton's performance. "Sometimes you need to fight for someone, and when he makes a save like that, it was on us to win the game."
Video: NJD@STL: Hutton robs Johansson in overtime
"That (save) is up there. That was a good one," Hutton said after the game. "Hischier made a pretty quick move right to his forehand and off the post, and then I knew (the puck) went back. I wasn't sure where, but I reached behind me and was able to pick it up. I think I had my right skate back in the net, then was able to get my left leg around. Luckily he didn't roof it so I was able to get my pad on it."
Since last night, we've watched that save over and over again in the Blues' offices. It's a highlight that seems to get more impressive - if that's even possible - the more you watch it.
Here's what the locker room was saying one day after Hutton's unbelievable game-saving stop in overtime:
Colton Parayko: "That was spectacular. I think I jumped off the bench a little bit because I wasn't sure exactly what had happened. They were celebrating, and 'Huttsy' made the save. I saw he got in front of it. I was in shock - that was a huge save for us."
Brayden Schenn: "I think the whole bench erupted. That was a huge save. Unbelievable. He made two or three really good saves last night, no doubt about it… Saves like that are the reason we got two points."
Video: Hutton, Tarasenko and Yeo after a shootout win
Kyle Brodziak: "I think everybody was yelling with excitement. It was pretty awesome to see it live. You look up at the replay to make sure it didn't cross the line, and when we saw it didn't, it was pretty awesome. His reaction was unreal. To see it hit the post, bounce back and somehow he found it again and kicked his leg out, it was incredible."
Jake Allen: "It was a great second-effort save, one of those saves where the puck hit the post and I don't think he knew where it was right away. He just battled. That's his forte, and it kept us in the game. It's 'Hutts,' he battles. He's in the zone right now so you expect that stuff."
Mike Yeo: "It's a phenomenal save, obviously. It seems like he's playing his best hockey when the game is on the line. His play reflects his personality and that's just a real competitor. He knows the game is on the line and he wants to impact it, he wants to be the difference. You look at the save in overtime and how impressive that was, well the saves he made in the shootout have to be equally impressive, too. That's what you need to win hockey games."