With one second left on the clock, Tampa Bay defenseman Ryan McDonagh had an open New York Islanders net after pulling a Denis Savard-esque spin-o-rama on Semyon Varlamov. It looked like the Tampa defenseman would score and level the game at 3-3 to force overtime.
Ryan Pulock had other ideas.
Coming out of seemingly nowhere the Islanders defenseman blocked McDonagh’s sure goal right at the goal line to cement the win for the Isles in Game 4.
Ryan Pulock pulls out a big stop for New York Islanders
If you weren’t watching the game (why not) you missed a hell of a defensive play by Pulock right on the goal line. Just like the official NHL Twitter account tweeted out; it was mind-blowingly good.
Now, the Islanders and Ryan Pulock aren’t forced to make this game-saving stop if Pulock himself just pins the puck along the boards in the Isles D-zone. Instead of doing that, Pulock tried to rim the puck along the boards and send it deep. He failed, causing a turnover with six seconds left.
That giveaway directly led to the McDonagh chance and Pulock’s game-saving stop.
I can only imagine how a Tampa fan feels after seeing that. The game seemed destined for overtime only for a clutch stop by Ryan Pulock. Who knows what happens in overtime, but I think Tampa likes their chances after coming back from a 3-0 deficit.
Done it before
This isn’t the first time Ryan Pulock comes up clutch for the Islanders in the playoffs stopping a sure goal. Remember the bubble? In the qualifying round, the Isles defenseman stopped a sure Barkov goal with this diving stick.
Just like in the bubble Rayn Pulock came up clutch for his team to push them closer to winning this series and making the Stanley Cup finals.