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Slavin helps Hurricanes with stunning kick save on Bemstrom

Carolina defenseman channeled his inner goalie during first period of game vs. Blue Jackets

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Slavin blocks a shot to save goal

CBJ@CAR: Slavin slides in front of net to stop shot

Jaccob Slavin slides in front of a yawning cage and makes a save with his leg, keeping the puck out of the net and the Hurricanes within 1 goal

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Jaccob Slavin celebrated his birthday by giving his team a gift.

The Carolina Hurricanes defenseman channeled his inner goalie by stymieing Emil Bemstrom of a sure goal with a stunning stop during the first period of Carolina's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Carolina goalie Alex Nedeljkovic was challenging Blue Jackets forward Jack Roslovic and was out of position when Roslovic tucked a pass to Bemstrom, who seemingly had a wide-open net midway through the period.

But Slavin came out of nowhere to kick out Bemstrom's attempt, keeping Columbus from building a 2-0 lead.

Kick save, and a beauty.

It was probably the save of the night in the Carolina-Columbus game, and if nothing else was a special way to celebrate turning 27 on Saturday.

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