Detroit Red Wings goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic helped preserve his team’s 3–2 lead over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday with a diving glove save late in the third period.
The Blues controlled the puck in the Detroit end with just over 13 minutes remaining in regulation time. St. Louis defenseman Niko Mikkola first attempted a shot that Nedeljkovic was able to kick out to his left.
The rebound found its way onto the stick of Marco Scandella, who immediately snapped a shot back toward Nedeljkovic’s wide-open net. Detroit’s 25-year-old goaltender acrobatically dove across his crease and somehow managed to bat the puck away with his glove.
Here’s the video of the sequence, as posted by Bally Sports Detroit on Twitter:
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Nedeljkovic was named the first star of Wednesday’s game after stopping 35 of 37 Blues shots in a 4–2 Red Wings victory. The Parma, Ohio product now has a 5–3–3 record and a .917 save percentage in his first 13 appearances with Detroit.
Dylan Larkin, Lucas Raymond, Adam Erne, and Robby Fabbri scored for the Red Wings in the win; Pavel Buchnevich and David Perron countered for St. Louis. Detroit improved to 9–9–3 on the season and snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Red Wings will return to action at Little Caesars Arena on Nov. 27 to take on the 7–10–2 Buffalo Sabres.