February 12, 2014
Edgars Masalskis: 8 Seconds To Glory
With a puck drop time of 3am ET not a lot of North American fans were up to watch opening match in the men's Olympic hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
But those who did get up (or stay up) to watch Switzerland play Latvia were treated to quite the goaltending performance by Edgars Masalskis.
Masalskis stopped 38 Swiss shots to almost send the game into overtime. I say almost because a heart-breaking goal that deflected off defenseman Georgis Pujacs brought the game to a dramatic close with just 8 seconds left in the game!
Nino Niederreiter was credited with the game winning goal.
But the real story was goalie Masalskis, who valiantly tried to get Latvia the upset victory, and it's first Olympic win since 2002.
Masalskis is no stranger to the Olympics as this his third games, having also played in 2002 and 2006. He also has represented Latvia in 12 world championships and 2 world junior championships.
But Masalskis is a stranger to NHL fans, as he was never drafted. In fact, he is a bit of a stranger just to fans of his own club team. Masalskis has only played five games all season long with HK Poprad in Slovakia's top league.