I thought Jon Gillies behind the back glove save last week was the best save in NHL history.
This save by Niemi is right there.
Not because of the athleticism or talent, it’s the enormous scroat it took to square up and make the save knowing you dont have a fucking glove on but that’s what the save called for, so you do it anyway with zero concern for well-being.
Most goalies have a screw loose, and Niemi just jumped to the front of the line with this save.
This is why people fall in love with hockey because you cant be a shrinking violet or snowflake and win a cup. Add the fact this is a preseason game that doesn’t matter worth a pinch and it makes the story around this save way better.
Niemi might be the most mediocre goalie to win a cup, but he just made hockey freaks around the world erect with this effort.