Since it would be a shame to put a goal from the no-defence All-Star game, as nice as it may have been, ahead of a beauty goal that happened with real points on the line, this edition of the GOTW won’t feature anything from this weekend. Here’s what I’ve got for you though: a penalty shot snipe, an incredible fake on a great goalie, a couple of unreal backhanders and a solid individual effort!
5. Trevor Lewis
I’m not normally a fan of putting penalty shot goals on the list, but this dangle from LA’s Trevor Lewis is definitely worth another look. Sens fans might argue it shouldn’t count, because it shouldn’t have been a penalty shot, but there’s no doubt that Lewis made Craig Anderson look a bit silly with a couple of sweet fakes.
4. Patrik Berglund
At first glance, this Patrik Berglund goal might not look like anything special, but look again! Check out the hands on the Blues forward and check out the reaction of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury as he totally bites on the fake to the middle. Superb stuff!
3. Rick Nash
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash is a guy we haven’t seen much of this season in terms of dynamite goals, but he gave us a glance of his old self this week against the Nashville Predators. Nash picks the puck up at the blue line and drives to the net, stuffing it past Pekka Rinne with two defenders in hot pursuit.
2. Tyler Seguin
Checking in at number two this week is Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin – he creates a turnover in the Washington end and makes the Capitals pay with a slick backhander into the top corner. Beauty!
1. Pavel Datsyuk
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is easily one of the most skilled players in the NHL right now, and that is on full display in this goal against the St. Louis Blues. He makes Alex Pietrangelo look silly with a couple of sweet moves and then rifles a backhand shot over the shoulder of Jaroslav Halak for an unreal goal.
What the Puck?
This week’s WTP moment comes to us from a game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins – watch as a pane of glass almost takes the ref out of the game!
That could have been much worse!