In his post-game interview, Boston's Tim Thomas called his diving stick block late in the third period Monday night a "desperation save."
He was right. The shot came in from the point and he never saw it. The puck bounced off the back boards and out in front. Because he was too far out of the net, he had no choice but to be "desperate" and dive.
In volleyball, baseball sliding and, uh, the sport of diving, laying it out head first is often a first-choice tactic. But, in goaltending, it is a last resort when you just don't have time to push and get your body or pads there in time.
But, when it works, it looks pretty friggin' cool, eh?