With the playoff races in both conferences of the National Hockey League in full flight, every goal counts…even the greasy ones!
Only the nice ones make it onto the GOTW list though, and even though it’s coming to you a bit later than usual, it’s still got everything you need when it comes to beauty dangles! This week on the list we’ve got a scrapper showing off some hands, a bit of backhand magic, a diving breakaway goal, some inside-out trickery and a dazzling display that ends unselfishly.
5. Chris Thorburn
It’s happened a few times already this season, but what’s one more time for good measure? Don’t you love when a guy known for knocking heads ends up turning some heads with a nice move on a top end tendy? Check out this goal by Winnipeg’s Chris Thorburn!
(AFTER THE JUMP: The REST of the BEST!)
4. Chris Stewart
From one Chris to another, Chris Stewart scored a must-see backhander goal last week, driving down the wing and putting an impossible shot into the top section of the net!
3. Bobby Ryan
The Anaheim Ducks sniper struck again last week against the Oilers, sneaking in behind the defence and sending a diving backhander past Nikolai Khabibulin.
2. Torrey Mitchell
With time running down, check out the moves by Torrey Mitchell of the San Jose Sharks, absolutely undressing Dallas defenceman Alex Goligoski for a beauty goal!
1. Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg got the goal, but this play is all Valtteri Filppula. The Detroit forward just slices through the opposition before setting up Zetterberg with an amazing spin-o-rama pass. Pure class!
What the Puck?
This week’s WTP moment comes to us from Milan Michalek and the Ottawa Senators – is scoring a hat trick any less impressive when two-thirds of your goals are scored into an empty net?