Rarely in hockey does pulling the goalie mean you’re on the cusp of scoring a goal.
Don’t tell that to the Detroit Red Wings, who pulled off just that with an insane sequence late in the third period of their Monday night clash with the Los Angeles Kings.
Down 4-3 and with only 90 seconds to go, the Red Wings decided to pull goalie Alexander Nedeljkovic to send in the extra attacker. The Kings, as many teams do, decided to exploit it with Viktor Arvidsson gliding to the empty net to pop in the game-sealing goal.
Well, not so fast, said Red Wing Dylan Larkin, who came in with the amazing, Don Beebe-esque save below.
The Red Wings, indeed, rode the momentum from Larkin’s unreal save into the game-tying goal from Oskar Sundqvist with just about 40 seconds to spare.
Detroit wound up falling in overtime 5-4, but as the team says, a point’s a point.
At the very least, the Red Wings are going to be playing that phenomenal Larkin save on the highlight reels all season. That’s the kind of spark that will follow you out of the rink for the rest of the year.