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Save of the Year: Carter Hutton commits grand larceny on open-net shot by Michael Raffl (video)

Nashville Predators goaltender Carter Hutton made what has to be the save of the year — and even the save of the past few years — during Thursday night’s tilt between the Preds and the Philadelphia Flyers.

With the Preds hanging on to  2-1 lead nearly midway through the second period at Wells Fargo Center, Hutton found himself dreadfully out of position behind the net after a dump-in crazily caromed off a stanchion as the netminder attempted to play the puck, leaving Hutton a sitting duck and Flyers forward Michael Raffl left with nothing but open ice and an empty net in front of him with the puck perilously sitting between the circles.

Raffl managed to get a good shot off despite being tripped on a play where David Legwand was assessed a penalty. But Hutton foiled Raffl on what seemingly appeared to be a gimme goal. Hutton acrobatically lunged around the pipe and snared Raffl’s shot.

Utterly amazing.

Roman Josi, who won the game for the Predators in the seventh round of a marathon shootout, concurred.

“That was sick,” Josi said, via an report. “That’s going to be on the highlight reel for a long time. He was more like a soccer goalie on that save.”

Hutton made 27 games in the 4-3 shootout win, but none were more spectacular than the dazzling show he put on robbing Raffl.