Saturday, July 30, 2011

July-lights: July 30th, Conklin's Diving Save On Ribiero

Yesterday's July-lights featured Mikhail Grabovski dangling Ty Conklin. So it is only fitting that Conklin get a rebuttal being he turned out the save of the year, in a game against the Dallas Stars early in the season.

After he came into the NHL during the '01-'02 season, Ty Conklin has made his way round through the NHL, playing for the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues. His longest tenure being with the Oilers from 2001 to 2006.

Returning to the Red Wings next season as a back up for Jimmy Howard, Conklin will star the season with 91 wins, a .908 save percentage, and a 2.64 goals against average in his 200 games played. Although Conklin does not have the best numbers in the league, he has proven to be a solid back up for teams in need and has made big saves in his career much like the one below.

After a 5 on 3 power play had just ended for the Stars, before the returning Blues' player could get in the play, Mike Ribiero found himself wide open on the back post. After he received a pass from across the ice, Ribiero let go of a shot that had a wide open net to travel to. That was until Conklin dove off the opposite post and gloved the puck out of the air.

This sequence would have resulted in a goal if Ribiero would have snapped the puck as soon as he received the pass but instead he stuttered. That little second pause gave Conklin enough time to get across and give us the save of the year.

1 comment:

  1. Thank. It makes me feel great when I read all these stories. It helps me from hopelessness and make me more stronger to fly… thank… for everything.