David Legwand should have scored. He had the puck on his stick on the doorstep, but Michal Neuvirth stuck his glove out and prevented any chance for the Nashville Predators to get back into the game.
“I just went to my butterfly. I was kind of guessing he was going to tip that. But he went [outside],” Neuvirth said. “If he put it upstairs probably he would score, but my glove was on the ice and big save.”
Big save is right – and Neuvirth has been making a lot of them lately. Sure, he allowed a bad goal to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, but teammates have moved well beyond that.
“The game in Colorado anyone can tell you on the ice that when the puck goes in those seats it’s tough to pick up because their lights are turned off and they’re brown seats,” right wing Troy Brouwer explained. “So you kind of got to give him a little leeway on that one. But other than that he’s only allowed one or two goals in his last three games besides that one.”
Three goals in three games to be exact, a nice and tidy 1.00 goals-against average coupled with a stellar .960 save percentage.
“I’m getting more comfortable every game,” Neuvirth said. “I can still be better and I can still control the rebounds a little bit better than I did [Tuesday night].”
A goalie with confidence? Check. A team playing solid defense in front of him? Check. More room for improvement? Check.
Another start for Neuvirth Friday at the New Jersey Devils? Pretty likely but not certain.
“You always like goalies to get on a run, but I have to wait and see what I’m going to do in New Jersey,” coach Dale Hunter said.