This week on the GOTW, we’ve got a beautiful shorthanded goal from one of the Staal brothers, a monumental goal from a long-time Duck, a strangely awesome overtime winner, a last-second GWG and a wicked breakaway goal from one of the league’s rising stars.
5. Eric Staal
Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal made the Habs look foolish last week with this shorthanded goal around Tomas Kaberle. He drives right around him, cuts to the net and then jams a slow-roller past Carey Price.
4. Teemu Selanne
Teemu Selanne has since passed Brendan Shanahan on the all-time goals list, but the one that drew him even with Shanny was an absolute beauty. Selanne accepts a nice backhand saucer pass and beats Marc-Andre Fleury with a sweet backhand move.
3. Mike Ribeiro
He’s featured on this list a few times this season, but did you see Mike Ribeiro’s overtime winner against the Flames this past week? He collects the puck by passing his stick to himself behind his own back and then rips a slap shot into the top corner. Beauty!
2. Pavel Datsyuk
The Detroit Red Wings set the NHL record for consecutive home wins this past week, thanks in part to this delightful goal by Pavel Datsyuk. With next to no time left on the clock, he breaks in on Ryan Suter, sends him the wrong way and then rifles a shot into the Nashville net.
1. Steven Stamkos
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos may be the only player with 50 goals in his sights, and it’s thanks to beauty dangles like this one. Watch as Stamkos breaks in and completely dekes out Tomas Vokoun!
What the Puck?
This one is messed up – Dan Boyle skates towards the red line and sends a slap shot towards the Washington net, but teammate Joe Pavelski tips the puck just outside the blue line, totally fooling Braden Holtby!
To be honest, I’m surprised more teams don’t try this little trick play!