Thanks to the wonderful people in theScore’s video department (I know, we’ve discussed this before), we have the option to run a lot of great compilations every week. The thing is, they can’t make hockey highlights be awesome.

The good news? Sometimes they just are. Take these ones, for example.

Before you watch these five goals, here are my quick two cents on each one, because watching these goals made me feel inadequate about my own goal scoring prowess.

MY rundown: starting with #5….

What’s impressive: Cal Clutterbuck isn’t exactly known for offensive skillset (more for his physical play), but he has some talent. Anytime a guy takes a hard pass on his backhand and makes a quick move, you have to appreciate the degree of difficulty on the goal.

#4 – What’s impressive: This goal reminded me of the Pavel Bure skate-to-stick goal from a couple decades ago. This one was so impressive because skate-to-stick isn’t the plan, so it takes the presence of mind just to think to do that, let alone to execute it. (Kinda lucky on the finish though, Rask was over and just didn’t get his pad down.)

#3 – What’s impressive: Lee Stempniak looks like Guy freaking Lafleur here – great agility on the direction change, and zero hesitation on the shot selection. As a kid, I didn’t think anyone tried to go five-hole, I always thought it was just lucky. Not so much. Stempniak knew exactly where he was going on that one.

#2 – What’s impressive: It had to have been a nearly-coming-to-blows debate whether this should be number one or not. Perry uses body position to step out about a foot from the goal line, sees that he has pass (and low) taken entirely away, and puts his shot in a spot the size of a puck. Boom goes the water bottle.

#1 – What’s impressive: And, you have to love it: Backhand Shelf on number one. Such a slick, athletic goal - kisses it off the inside of the post.

Enjoy!

What are your thoughts? Did we get the order right?

Comments (5)

  1. On mobile devices, it’s impossible to know what goals you’re talking about, or even who scored them if you don’t say so. I can’t search YouTube to watch them in a suppoerted format while I’m on my IPad because I don’t know who which goals you’re talking about,

  2. @Kyle- that’s because you need to swap out that iPad for something that actually works, like a Samsung Galaxy Tab which runs flash in web sites… I can watch this video on both my phone and my tablet, no problems =P

  3. My favourite part was seeing Phaneuf arrive just a second too late to stop Perry from scoring.

  4. As much as i hate Perry, i’d probably put that number one. When i saw it during the game my jaw just dropped. It’s hard enough to make that shot, but to even consider it as an option is pretty damn impressive. I mean, who comes from the corner, sees a guy laid out near the crease, and the goalie hugging the post, and says to themselves, “i’ll just hold this a little longer and pick the corner”?

  5. @Kyle. That’s weird because it works fine on mine….

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