Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Goals of the Week!

We’re now over a month into the new hockey season and things are starting to get really interesting in the NHL – some teams started hot and are now slumping, other teams did the opposite, while some teams just know how to win no matter what.

One constant this season though has been a multitude of dirty dangles and beauty goals, and last week was no exception! This week’s GOTW journey starts with some nice hands on a giveaway and ends with a superman snipe. Are you ready to go?

5. Troy Brouwer

Checking in at number five this week is Washington’s Troy Brouwer, who kicked things off against the Devils last Saturday by stealing the puck and beating Johan Hedberg with a nice move.

4. Brad Marchand

Love him or hate him, Brad Marchand can certainly score highlight reel goals when called upon. Check out this goal from Saturday night: Tyler Seguin hits him with a pass in the slot, he stickhandles through a check and then roofs it on Jhonas Enroth.

3. Michael Ryder

At number three this week is Dallas Stars forward Michael Ryder, who made Washington goalie MIchal Neuvirth look silly last Tuesday. Ryder took a pass from Jamie Benn and just waited Neuvirth out, before sliding the puck into the net.

2. Steve Montador

Chicago defenceman Steve Montador features high on my list this week not just for his beauty goal, but for what he did before it as well. Montador saved a sure goal at one end of the ice, followed his teammates to the other end and then put the moves on Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for the 2-0 Hawks lead.

1. Eric Nystrom

We’ve seen some pretty filthy stuff in the GOTW so far, but how can you not give top marks to a guy who scores while he’s airborne? Dallas’ Eric Nystrom did just that last Tuesday, streaking down the right wing and cutting to the middle, sniping while his entire body was parallel to the ice. Beauty!

What the Puck?

If you’re looking for a bizarre story from the NHL this past week, look no further than a game between Tampa Bay and Philly, where the Flyers were having no part of the Bolts 1-3-1 system:

The debate raged on for a couple of days over whether or not the Bolts should be allowed to play the 1-3-1, but eventually tapered off after the Lucic hit on Miller. Instead of trying to outlaw it though, shouldn’t it be up to the Flyers to find a way through it? What do you think?

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