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#IslesAwards: Save of the Year

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
In hockey, every save is a good save. No position has a smaller margin for error than goaltending, so even simple-looking point shots are good stops.

That being said, some saves are better than others. sifted through Jaroslav Halak’s saves from this past season and found our top three. Now we want you to vote for the 2014–15 Save of the Year! Watch Jaro in action and place your vote today!

Nominee 1: Halak on Claude Giroux
There’s a reason this save was on the Islanders’ entrance video this season. Halak faced off against one of the league’s top players, Claude Giroux, one-on-one in the shootout. Giroux looked to have Halak beat, but the Islanders goaltender reached back in desperation and robbed the Flyers captain with a goal-line stop. Halak went 3-for-3 in the shootout, earning a 1-0 win for the Isles.

Nominee 2: Halak on Aleksander Barkov
In perhaps one of the most unusual saves of the season, Halak pins the puck between his shoulder and the crossbar, preventing Aleksander Barkov’s shot from dropping behind him. Halak shows fantastic awareness, sensing the puck up around his collarbone before shooting his body up and under the crossbar.

Nominee 3: Halak on Jay Beagle
Halak came up with one of his biggest saves at one of the biggest moments of the season. After a bad bounce at Verizon Center left the Isles net empty, Halak scrambled back to absolutely rob Jay Beagle with a pad save. Just look at the reaction of the fans—everybody thought that puck was going in. Except Halak.
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