It is time to stop and behold one of the amazing stories within the larger story that is the NHL: Ondrej Pavelec is kicking ass.
Now some will point out that his .916 save percentage is exactly average for NHL starters (30 games or more) and is only a few "that one must have been screened"s away from his own career average of .907. He has a consistent track record of below average play, a well-documented inability to track the puck, rebound control that----
I'm going to stop you right there. If you're thinking bizarre, "rational" shit like this on March 22nd, 2015 you need to strap on your space suit and return back to Winnipeg from whatever planet you're currently on. Pavs has been a fucking redemption story on skates since that abomination on March 10. He's won four straight games behind an injury-depleted lineup. Fans who wanted to ride him out of town were chanting his name. He's been a highlight machine - for all the right reasons.
Exhibit A: Statistical Evidence
It's hard to argue with facts. Statistics March 10 and earlier are unavailable.
Exhibit B: Video Evidence
Exhibit C: Anecdotal Evidence
Look. I was at the game on Thursday against the Blues and Pavs stopped everything. Well, I'm pretty sure the goal by David Backes will be overturned once the league reviews how much of a dick he is. Then he will have stopped everything. Anyways, Pavelec played incredible and followed that up with an actual shutout against Washington. Ondrej is on his game right now.
|Gratuitous Thorburn pic.|
So yes, Pavelec has been excellent; an excellence that has been enhanced by the absurdity of it all. Each miraculous save, each chant of "Pavy", each victory against playoff-caliber opponents is cast against the backdrop of our expectations: That the demise of a below-average goalie had finally come to a very public ending two Tuesday's ago against St. Louis. Many wondered if we had seen the last of him.
But my how things can change. If you aren't appreciating the hell out of how awesome, surreal, and downright beautiful Pavelec has been, you're missing out.