Carter Hutton has had an up and down season for the Nashville Predators this year, but may have made his best save of his hockey career on Thursday night.
The Predators were in Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Jan. 16. During the second period, Flyers forward Claude Giroux dumped the puck into the attacking zone to clear the puck. However, the puck took an odd bounce off the end boards and darted out in front of the net giving Michael Raffl a great scoring opportunity.
Hutton had made the choice to play the puck behind the net, but made it back around the net just in time to make a spectacular glove save and keep the Predators in the lead, 2-1.
Hutton and the Predators would surrender the game-tying goal in the second, but would end up topping the Flyers in a shootout, 4-3.
In his first season in the National Hockey League, Hutton has posted a 9-7-2 record with a 2.94 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. The Predators net-minder had struggled for a bit after being named the NHL third star of the week in December, but has rattled off back-to-back wins in his last two games.
Prior to his professional career, Hutton played for the University of Massachusetts Lowell. For the River Hawks, the Thunder Bay, Ont. native posted a 32-41-10 record, 2.33 goals-against average, .904 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 85 games, which are all UMass Lowell records, from 2006-10.