While all eyes may have been tuned to the “Battle of Alberta” on Wednesday, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom was submitting a sure-fire Save of the Year candidate.
Markstrom made the second-period stop off a 2-on-1 break by the San Jose Sharks. Joel Kellman fed the puck across to Kevin Labanc for what should have been an easy goal. Instead, Markstrom slid across, stacked the pads and made an unreal windmill save off the edge of his top pad.
Coming off his first NHL All-Star appearance, where he and the Calgary Flames’ David Rittich backstopped the Pacific Division to the title, Markstrom made 38 saves in the Canucks’ 5-2 win.
Markstrom, who turns 30 on Friday, has been stellar in net this season. He is 19-13-3 in 35 starts and has a .917 save percentage. He can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
The win marked the fourth victory in a row for Vancouver, which leads the Pacific Division with 62 points.