On this edition of the Goals of the Week, we’ve got a nifty backhander, some top corner magic, a couple of solid individual efforts and a passing play for the ages from a team we’re used to seeing it from!
5. Alexander Semin
Alex Semin makes Marty Biron look like a backup goalie on this one, breaking in all alone and rifling a backhand shot past him with some authority!
4. Michael Ryder
If you’re looking for a guy who will consistently score you highlight reel goals, look no further than Michael Ryder of the Dallas Stars. The guy has been on fire this year, and that continued with this Boxing Day snipe against the Blues!
3. Johan Franzen
Passing plays are nice, but sometimes you just have to do it all yourself – watch as Detroit’s Johan Franzen crosses the blue line and then goes untouched as he puts it into the back of the net!
2. Nick Backstrom
The Washington Capitals have been a bit of an enigma this season, but we got a glance of what we’re used to seeing from them last week on this goal by Nick Backstrom. Semin starts the play and then tees it up for Backstrom as the Caps leave Ryan Miller in no man’s land!
1. John Tavares
The number one goal for this past week is a deadly coast-to-coast effort by NY Islanders forward John Tavares. He picks the puck up in his own end and takes it all the way to the goal line, before cutting in and slotting it past Miikka Kiprusoff.
What the Puck?
This week’s WTP moment comes to us via Ilya Kovalchuk, who drew an assist on a goal by Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward on Boxing Day!
Tough play for Kovalchuk there!