As we hit the one-month mark of the season, we’ve got some more nice goals for you, including a rocket snipe, a nice d-man dangle, some breakaway gold and a bit of puck-on-a-string type magic. This week’s “What the Puck” moment was an absolute no-brainer – can you guess what it was?
Here we go!
5. Michael Del Zotto
The Rangers defenceman comes in at number five this time around, capping off a nice transition play by taking a pass in the slot and sliding the puck past a sprawling Carey Price.
4. Scott Hartnell
In the four-spot this week is Philly’s Scott Hartnell, who went SO shelf with a slap shot from down the wing last week that you had to see a replay to be sure that it went in. You simply can’t place it any better than that!
3. Jeff Skinner
Check out the sick give-and-go between Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Skinner on a 2-on-3 in a game between the Canes and Bolts – Skinner is spun around just inside the blue line but feeds Jokinen, who somehow gets it back to him for the goal. Beauty!
2. Chris Higgins
Anytime you can absolutely freeze a goalie like Miikka Kiprusoff, you’ve probably earned a spot on the GOTW list, and that’s exactly what Vancouver’s Chris Higgins did last week. He makes Kipper look silly with a forehand fake and a backhand roof job!
1. Matt Duchene
Colorado’s Matt Duchene scored his first career hat trick this past week, which was rounded out by this filthy dangle around a Dallas defenceman for the third period lead. They ended up losing in OT, but still – it was a pretty slick goal!
Honorable Mention: A nifty passing play between Nick Foligno and Stephane Da Costa.
What the Puck?
As soon as I saw this happening, I knew I had a place for it – Cal Clutterbuck and Max Lapierre were mixing it up last week, and the Minnesota hit machine ended up decking the linesman a couple of times!
Credit to the zebra there – he stayed on his feet!