Carolina Hurricanes: Top Three Saves of the Season

RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 04: Carolina Hurricanes Goalie Curtis McElhinney (35) and Carolina Hurricanes Goalie Petr Mrazek (34) celebrate after the Carolina Hurricanes clinch their first playoff birth since 2009 during a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on April 4, 2019. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 04: Carolina Hurricanes Goalie Curtis McElhinney (35) and Carolina Hurricanes Goalie Petr Mrazek (34) celebrate after the Carolina Hurricanes clinch their first playoff birth since 2009 during a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on April 4, 2019. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – MAY 01: Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35) makes a save on a break away attempt by New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) during a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders on May 1, 2019 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – MAY 01: Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35) makes a save on a break away attempt by New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) during a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders on May 1, 2019 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

1. Curtis McElhinney: May 1, 2019 vs. New York Islanders

The series of saves by Curtis McElhinney against Nick Leddy and Jordan Eberle of the New York Islanders in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs were mind-blowing. McElhinney, on the initial chance by Leddy, fully stretched his left leg out to deny the chance with his skate.

Following up was Eberle, who tried to stuff the rebound home, but again McElhinney was there to deny the puck entry into the goal. This time was with his glove right along the goal line to keep game three tied at one.

What makes this save even more spectacular than it actually was, is the fact that McElhinney is 35, almost 36 years old. At that age to be full split and make not one, but two saves is absolutely incredible.

What makes it even more impressive is that McElhinney was starting his first game since April 6 and only had the game two relief appearance for Mrazek as his only game time since.

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Question for CC Readers: What was your favorite save made by a Hurricanes goalie this season?