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Despite slow start, 20-goal season remains a target for Blackhawks’ Artem Anisimov

The puck hit Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov‘s stick, his eyes looked ahead and a wide open net beckoned.

Flames goalie Mike Smith was splayed out on the ice, his head facing the opposite direction from where Anisimov stood, and all he needed to do was loft the puck a little bit over Smith to put away his sixth goal of the season.

Instead, Smith instinctively raised his leg in the air to make a remarkable save that deflected Anisimov’s shot, keeping Flames ahead by a goal in a game they would eventually win 3-2.

“I was like oh come on, that’s 100 percent goal right there,” Anisimov recalled with a frustrated laugh before Wednesday night’s game in Anaheim against the Ducks.

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Author: Jimmy Greenfield

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