Grossmann's kick save was turning point for the Flyers
Nick Grossmann tallied an assist and two key saves with his skates in the Flyers' 5-2 win over the Senators. (AP)
There were so many vignettes to the Flyers' 5-2 victory over Ottawa on Tuesday (see Instant Replay), and at least two of them revolved around spectacular saves.
That said, the save of the game here didn’t belong to Steve Mason, who was his usual stellar self in goal, but to Swedish defenseman Nick Grossmann.
Guess what? He didn’t even need a stick to make his save. He used his skates.
Grossmann had not one, but two saves on Kyle Turris at the 9:27 mark of the third period with the game tied at 2-2.
“I was pretty lucky there,” Grossmann said. “I didn’t see it right away."
Then it was more reflex than anything.
“I tried to get some guys out of the crease and then I just felt the puck come off my left foot and then it was more reflex ... just reflex.”
First Grossmann got his left skate on the puck, then his right skate. Play continued for more than 90 seconds before a TV timeout when the officials went to video review to see if Turris' shot actually snuck across the goal line during one of those blocked shots by Grossmann.
“I felt it was outside the net; I wasn’t worried,” said Grossmann, who added that he couldn't ever recall having done that before. "The net was open
“That was probably my first real close one.”
The delay was lengthy.
“When they start to review, you never know,” he said. “We needed a little break like that. We came back into the game, put pressure on them and took over.”
Turris didn’t think he did a good job on the shot.
“I didn’t think it went in at first, so I was more [ticked] off at myself for not scoring on it,” Turris said. “Everyone kept playing, so I don’t think it affected the team until they reviewed it and realized it might be in, it might not.”
When play resumed, the Flyers scored two goals -- Kimmo Timonen and Wayne Simmonds -- just 23 seconds apart to win the game.
“We got a good, solid win out of it,” Grossmann said.