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Save of the Night - Niklas Backstrom (January 25)

Niklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer, Martin Havlat

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Troy Brouwer, center, is unable to get a shot on goal as Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and left wing Martin Havlat (24) defend during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, in Chicago. The Wild won 4-2. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

If there’s any position in hockey where “never giving up” is far from a cliche, it’s the goalie position.

When Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was knocked down by teammate Andrew Brunette, it seemed like Chicago Blackhawks forward Troy Brouwer would have an easy goal on his hands. Yet the Finnish netminder didn’t give up on the play, as he dove across to stop Brouwer for the January 25th Save of the Night.

Check out Backstrom’s impressive stop in the video below.
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