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Capitals goalie Vanecek kisses post after Hall's penalty shot hits iron

Rookie shows gratitude after being saved from surrendering goal during third period

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Vanecek kisses post as thanks

BUF@WSH: Vanecek thanks post for denying Hall's shot

Taylor Hall's penalty shot hits the post, and Vitek Vanecek shows his appreciation for keeping the puck out in the 3rd

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Vitek Vanecek made a new best friend on Sunday - the post to his immediate left. 

The Washington Capitals goalie was so happy after Buffalo Sabres forward Taylor Hall caught the iron on his glove side on a penalty shot in the third period he leaned over and gave it a pretend kiss.

Hall was awarded a penalty shot after he was held on a breakaway with the score tied at three midway through the third. Hall rocketed a wrist shot that eluded Vanecek but hit the left post hard and sailed away.

Vanecek showed his gratitude with a stick tap then a smooch right after.

The post, and Vanecek's 45 saves, helped the Capitals collect a point, but Jack Eichel beat him in the shootout, lifting the Sabres past the Capitals 4-3.

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