When in the desert, do as the scorpion does. Or something like that.
Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta made an incredible scorpion save late in the third period of their game Saturday to deny Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad of a potential hat trick.
After scoring the first two Chicago goals, and with the teams tied at two, Saad fielded a rebound off Patrick Kane's shot, then patiently spun and flung a backhand toward the net.
Raanta was lying on his stomach, and missed catching the puck with his glove, but pulled up his legs and somehow kicked out Saad's attempt.
"You don't see many of those. That might be the save of the year, maybe," Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford said.
"Originally when I shot it, I thought it was definitely going in when I got it elevated, but he threw his heel up and made a save," Saad said. "I looked up and he made the save; I saw he had his heel in the air and then I saw the replay, he was kind of sprawled out. I just tried to get it off quick and get it up and he made the save, it was a good save."
It was easily the best of Raanta's 42 saves in the 3-2 shootout loss.
- NHL.com Independent Coorespondent Alan Robinson contributed to this report.