Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Goals of the Week!

I thought it couldn’t get any better around the NHL, but the third week of 2012 was absolutely dynamite when it comes to beauty goals!

In this edition of the GOTW, we’ve got a hard working dangle from the Blues, two insane shorthanded goals, a lovely power play effort and a memorable goal from a young Oiler.

Let’s go!

5. TJ Oshie

The St. Louis Blues have become a powerhouse in the NHL’s Western Conference, not just in terms of sheer size, but also thanks to beauty goals like this one from TJ Oshie. He comes in 2-on-3 with David Perron, takes a pass in front with a defenceman all over him and pulls a nice move on Kari Lehtonen to score.

4. Anton Lander

There’s no hiding the fact that it’s been a tough stretch for the Edmonton Oilers, but there have been some highlights sprinkled in there along the way. Check out this goal from rookie Anton Lander – he busts into the Columbus zone, protects the puck and slides it past Curtis Sanford like a seasoned vet!

3. Jiri Tlusty

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty! Watch as Tlusty burns a Capitals defenceman down the right wing, cuts to the middle of the ice and avoids the outstretched leg of Tomas Vokoun to score a diving goal!

2. Logan Couture

Checking in at number two this week is San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture – check out the hands on this shorthanded tally against the Vancouver Canucks from last Saturday. What a move to send Roberto Luongo the wrong way!

1. Dan Paille

The number one goal from the week that was in the NHL is also a shorthanded marker – this one off the stick of Boston’s Dan Paille. He is so calm as he skates in on the breakaway that he stops pumping his legs at the blue line, and he makes a dazzling move look easy. Watch him fake forehand, pull it backhand and rip it into the upper mesh. Beauty!

What the Puck?

Struggling Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is the star of our WTP section this week, for this insane save on Winnipeg’s Tanner Glass:

If only he could do that type of stuff a little more often!

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