2024 NHL Playoffs: Sergei Bobrovsky’s Incredible Save for Panthers vs Lightning

Sergei Bobrovsky, the Florida Panthers goaltender, made a potentially season-best save against the Tampa Bay Lightning by contorting his body to block a shot from Matt Dumba, contributing significantly to the Panthers’ 3-2 overtime victory.

Oh, man. Sergei Bobrovsky, the Florida Panthers’ goalie, might’ve just pulled off the save of the year. It happened during a nail-biter against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which went into overtime with a 3-2 win for the Panthers.

So, here’s the scene: It’s the second period. Lightning’s Anthony Cirelli tries a shot, misses the net. Then, Captain Steven Stamkos gets the puck, sees an opportunity, and throws it back in front.

Waiting there? Matt Dumba, all set, with what looks like an open net. But Bobrovsky, oh boy, he’s on the other side of the post. Yet, somehow, he twists his body, stretches his arm, and – bam! – stops Dumba’s backhanded shot. A sure goal? Not on Bob’s watch.

Stamkos had his say, “Call it skill, luck, whatever.” He’s impressed, noting Bobrovsky’s athletic, desperate move saved the day. “Great goalies make saves like that,” he added, a touch of regret in his voice for not being on the winning side.

Picture this: Bobrovsky’s back to the net, puck flying across. Still, he manages to block Dumba’s shot. This wasn’t just any save; it was a game-changer, keeping the score tied at 2-2. And then, pushing the game into overtime where Carter Verhaeghe clinched it for the Panthers.

Bobrovsky was on fire, stopping 21 out of 23 shots. That victory in Game 2? Massive. And Bobrovsky’s stats are shining – a 1.95 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage over two starts.

What a game, huh?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
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