There are certain goals that are so good, they make your body do things that that it doesn’t ordinarily do. We have all been there; a player grabs the puck and slowly makes most of his opponents look so bad they instantly consider retirement. In the process, at least one of the following happens…
a) You make a sound that resembles something you heard on the nature channel
b) Your body convulses in a way that looks like you are in mid-sneeze for about 5 seconds
c) You blow a snot bubble (Doesn’t happen often, but there have been documented reports that this has actually occurred as a result of a goal) .
The ones that sometimes force me to do all three simultaneously are when a player “goes through the whole team”. Two things I want to get straight:
1) The term “whole team” is usually an exaggeration. The scorer must embarrass a minimum of three opponents on the play
2) Don’t confuse this type of goal with an “end-to-end rush”. They can sometimes occur at the same time, but not always. An end-to-end rush doesn’t usually involve going “through” multiple players.
Why am I defining all of this? We saw a beauty example last night thanks to Jaime Benn:
WOW. You also heard the most common cliche after this type of goal : “great individual effort”. I counted 4 different Blue Jackets who probably felt they were in the middle of a Three Stooges act.
Definitely a goal of the year candidate. Let’s go through a few more of all my all time favourites
This one is a classic from Denis Savard (as narrated by JR)
Jaromir Jagr gets bonus points for doing this in the Stanley Cup Finals
As a lifelong Red Wings fan, this is like porn to me
Those are a few of my favourites, if you have more, comment or tweet @robpizzo
So what Else is going on…
Shhhh, be verrrrry quiet (Pro Hockey Talk)
Last night the Bruins spent plenty of time going to the box and feeling shame (Days of Y’Orr)
Tomas Vokoun chose an interesting opponent to pick up his first shutout in a Caps uniform against (Washington Post)
Last night the Canucks had a tribute to Rick Rypien, very touching.
Marty Brodeur’s shoulder still sore. Will he be ready for Friday’s game? (Fire and Ice)
Elliotte Friedman’s 30 thoughts is an absolute must read every week
The “should the draft age be raised” question is a hot button topic (AGAIN!) Montreal Gazette
James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail breaks down how the hell Phil Kessel shoots the puck so hard
Hockey Fan #1 : Hey Matt read put up 4 points last night
Hockey Fan #2: Who the hell is Matt Read? (AP)