GOTTA SEE IT: NY Islanders Ilya Sorokin makes RIDICULOUS save on Kris Letang
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New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin made another ridiculous, unreal, and any other adjective you can think of save. The latest on his limitless highlight reel came late in the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jake Guentzel made a play on net that had Sorokin moving to his left. The pass was deflected and then corralled by Kris Letang, who got off a backhand that looked destined for the empty net before Sorokin stuck out his stick and made an absurd paddle save to keep the score 2-1 Pittsburgh.
The save had a strong resemblance to the save Sorokin made last season against Artemi Panarin at Madison Square Garden. That save ended up winning Save of the Year at the NHL Fan Choice Awards.
Both saves weren't pure luck. It takes a special level of athleticism to put yourself even in a position to make such a save, and on both occasions, Sorokin is tracking the puck with his eyes, and he lunges back with his stick and paddle to knock down the puck.
Heading into Monday night's game, Sorokin had an 18-17-5 record but is among the league leaders in other goaltending categories, including 2.44 GAA (8th) and .923 Save Percentage (4th). His five shutouts are the most in the NHL. Now in his third NHL season, the 27-year-old Sorokin was named to the NHL All-Star Game for the first time this season, representing the Metropolitan Division. After finishing sixth in Vezina Trophy voting last year, he has a chance to be a finalist this season.