The save of the season might have been made Friday night by a rookie starting his second game in the NHL.
It was one of 30 stops made by goalie Jake Allen as the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 for their second straight victory.
The play that had the Scotiabank Saddledome sellout crowd buzzing -- and was up on YouTube.com not long after -- was Allen's stop against T.J. Brodie halfway through the first period.
Looking to cut into a 2-0 deficit, Calgary burst into the Blues end on an odd-man rush and, in a slick display of passing, Jiri Hudler sent the puck to Alex Tanguay in the slot, who promptly zipped it back to Hudler. He quickly fired it back across to Brodie, who was breaking in on an open net.
Allen flashed his goal stick across the open side of the net and stopped the puck, flipping it into the air before catching it in his glove.
"I saw the guy out of the corner of my eye and it was desperation. I didn't have much of a chance so I just threw my stick out there and fortunately enough for me, it hit it and it popped right up so I could catch it right away, too," said the 22-year-old Allen, who looked nonchalant the whole way, to the Associated Press.
"I took a deep breath after that. It's one of those saves that you thank the hockey gods for and it was a big boost for us as we got two more goals after that."
The stunning save left an exasperated Brodie shaking his head in disbelief.
"Unbelievable. Probably the best save of the year and impressive that he did that in his second NHL game," said Blues winger David Perron, who scored two goals. "We all thought it's going to be a goal and then it's not. Wow, we thought, we owe him one right there."
Allen said he expects his cellphone to be buzzing for a while.
"I'm sure I'll get a few texts from my buddies back home. But it was a big stop, probably one of the luckier ones I've ever made. But sometimes it's good to be lucky," he said.
With Jaroslav Halak recovering from a groin injury and Brian Elliott struggling, Allen got his second straight start and made it back-to-back wins in his young NHL career.
"This is now five periods of really strong hockey. Moving forward, we'll see if he gets another start and if he does, hopefully he can continue to play the same way," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "But we need Halak back. He's a heck of a goalie and we need to get him back and running here. He's going to practice full with the team tomorrow and then we'll see where he's at."
Halak has missed six games with a groin strain but has been practicing with the team.
Blues rookie Jaden Schwartz had his first goal of the season and also added an assist, while Patrik Berglund and Alex Steen also scored.
Berglund leads the Blues with seven goals this season.
After going winless in five games, the Blues have won two in a row and will try to make it a perfect three-game road trip when they play Vancouver on Sunday.
Dennis Wideman and Curtis Glencross scored for Calgary, which lost in regulation for the first time in four games.
The Flames tried to fight back in the second period, outshooting the Blues 15-5 and getting a goal from Wideman on the power play. Glencross scored 2:46 into the third to make it 4-2, but Perron scored again on the power play less than 2 minutes later.
Joey MacDonald took over in net for Flames starter Leland Irving just more than 4 minutes into the game after St. Louis scored on two of its first four shots.
In his Flames debut, the 33-year-old finished with 18 saves while taking the loss.
The Blues were 2-for-4 on the power play and now have at least one power-play goal in each of their last eight games. They are 12-for-32 overall during the hot stretch.
* Before doing in Friday, the Blues had not scored four or more goals in the first period on the road since Dec. 21, 1999 in a 6-0 win at Phoenix.
* Blues defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo have combined for a whopping four goals and 22 points through 14 games. Shattenkirk is second on the team in scoring with one goal and 14 points, while Pietrangelo is fourth with three goals and nine points.
* Steen has a four-game goal-scoring streak and four goals and nine points in his last five games. He leads the Blues with four goals and 15 points in 14 games.
* The Blues' line of Berglund, Schwartz and Chris Stewart has four goals in its last two games.