Jets' win over Blackhawks all about Al Montoya

Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks centre Andrew Shaw at the United...

Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks centre Andrew Shaw at the United Center in Chicago, Jan. 26, 2014. (DENNIS WIERZBICKI/USA Today)

Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

CHICAGO - All by himself, Al Montoya turned the three-star selection process into a sham on Sunday night.

The Winnipeg Jets goalie should have his secured a clean sweep of the stars, thanks to his heroic performance against the Chicago Blackhawks in his hometown, no less.

Never mind that Montoya had waited patiently for his first chance to play under new head coach Paul Maurice and that his last start came in a 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

And forget for a brief moment that after not starting since Jan. 5 that Montoya allowed a wraparound goal to slither past him just 75 seconds into the contest.

Were it not for Montoya’s ability to compose himself and regroup, this game would have been over before it began.

It nearly was, but thanks a long checklist of saves — many of them of the highlight-reel variety — Montoya never let another one by him.


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