Sure, sticks help a goalie, but when you're Tuukka Rask, all you need is leather.
Rask pulled off a save of the year candidate when he dove to stop a shot from Buffalo Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues during the Boston's 3-2 win on Thursday.
"I don't make highlights too often like that," Rask said. "I try to be in position to make saves. So it's fun to make a save like that."
Rodrigues had a wide open net when Rask's stick got caught under teammate Charlie McAvoy. The quick-thinking Rask ditched that option and did a full extension with his blocker to prevent the puck from going into the net.
In a tight game, Rask earned plenty of praise.
"That's a highlight save of the year," Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. "That's why he's making the big bucks and we got him back there to save our butts. We're lucky to have him."
He even drew a comparison to a Hall of Famer.
"That was a Dominik Hasek save," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.
The eye-popping save came two nights after Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had a crazy diving save of his own. Whatever is going on with NHL goalies lately, keep it coming.