The Dallas Stars came within inches of tying their game with the Detroit Red Wings up at three midway through the third period. But a spectacular and selfless effort by Ian White saved the day for Detroit.
On a mad scramble in front of Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, the puck came loose to Dallas forward Jamie Benn at the right edge of the crease. Benn had a seemingly wide-open net in front of him and tried to slam home a rebound, but White sprawled out and blocked Benn’s shot with his face to keep the potential game-tying goal out.
Loui Eriksson had another crack at a rebound — his shot slid just wide of the net.
About 20 seconds later Darren Helm tacked on an insurance goal to make it 4-2, then Brad Stuart scored 1:13 after that to give Detroit a 5-2 win.
White, meanwhile, left the game immediately after his heroic play and needed stitches under his right eye, MLive.com reported. White also headed to the hospital after the Wings’ win for further testing.
“He took one for the team,” Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom told MLive’s Ansar Khan. “He saved a goal, diving with his face first. We’re very grateful.”
Check out White’s key “save” in the video below, courtesy of NHL.com: