Well, it finally feels like winter in Edmonton, which means I had absolutely no issues with staying inside and checking out a week’s worth of hockey highlights for the latest edition of the GOTW!
This week starts with a nice breakaway from a guy who doesn’t score often, followed by a couple of beauty goals from a couple of recent top draft picks, a dazzling fake clapper and a diving Gino.
5. Nate Thompson
He’s only got about four goals on the season, but it’s quality over quantity when you’re dealing with Nate Thompson! Check out the hands as he breaks in all by himself and freezes Cam Ward with some nifty moves.
(MORE VIDEOS after the jump!)
4. Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin checks in at number four on the list for this goal against the Winnipeg Jets – he takes the pass from Patrice Bergeron, protects the puck as he cuts to the middle and then roofs it backhand. Beauty!
3. Taylor Hall
The Edmonton Oilers have endured some serious struggles as of late, but Taylor Hall gave the fans something to cheer about on the weekend with this overtime winner. Check out the wicked no-look pass from Shawn Horcoff!
2. Jason Spezza
The number two goal this week comes to us from Ottawa Senators sniper Jason Spezza – watch as he fakes a slap shot and then tucks it in on Brent Johnson from behind the net. That takes some serious skill!
1. Evgeni Malkin
With no Sidney Crosby in the lineup, Evgeni Malkin is taking his game to new heights for the Pittsburgh Penguins right now. This goal here was part of a natural hat trick in a win over the Lightning, and it couldn’t have been nicer!
What the Puck?
It’s not every day that a couple of guys with 16 fighting majors between them each get a penalty shot in a game, but that’s exactly what happened last Tuesday when the Jets played the Bruins!
After Winnipeg’s Chris Thorburn missed his attempt, Boston tough guy Shawn Thornton scored a beauty!
They should move him up to the first line with hands like that!