5 Must-See NHL Plays of The Week
Five Most Incredible Plays In The NHL Last Week
#5 John Gibson Glove Grinch On Sidney Crosby
After using the gravitational pull of the crease to slingshot himself around the net, Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist whips a perfect pass to a wide-open Sid. Instead of netting an easy tally, Crosby ends up on the highlight reel for the wrong reason. Ducks goalie John Gibson has been robbing NHL shooters on the regular, but he transformed into the Grinch against Sidney Crosby, somehow getting his glove on what should have been a certain goal.
#4 Mitch Marner Delivers Coast-to-Coast Gift
He’s not fat, jolly and dressed in red, but Mitch Marner was busy delivering gifts before Christmas eve arrived. For this highlight reel marker, Marner hops on his reindeer-free sleigh around his own blue line and accelerates across the neutral zone like Santa across the night sky. There’s no chimney at the other end of his journey, so Mitch potted the puck off the pipe to deliver a lump of coal into the Blue Jackets net.
#3 Glove’s The Reason For The Season
The Vancouver Canucks were in a giving mood to start their matchup against the Montreal Canadiens. They turned the puck over a few times in the zone during the first minute, which eventually lead to a slick passing play which flipped the disc onto the waiting stick of sniper Max Pacioretty. Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson manages to alter the trajectory of his upper body to lay out and give the Habs a whole lot of glove.
#2 Sorensen Dangles While Kings Crash Into Each Other
Rare are the moments which combine superb slapstick comedy with the delicate dangle of elite ice hockey stickhandling. A pair of Kings bodycheck each other in their own zone, leaving a perfect drop pass for an accelerating Marcus Sorensen. Without skipping a beat, Sorensen dances between the remaining Los Angeles players before deking goalie Quick out of his mind.
#1 Defensemen Aren’t Supposed To Be Able To Do That
If you ask Dmitry Orlov what he does on the rink, most evenings he might respond that he “makes good defense”. Against the Dallas Stars, Dmitry pulled a move good enough to make teammate Alex Ovechkin jealous. After faking a pass, Orlov twists his blade to pull the puck through his legs on the backhand, making John Klingberg look like a rookie. Dmitry then fakes a far side move, triggering a poke check from goalie Ben Bishop, who’s helpless to stop a short-side roof shot for one of the best goals of 2017.
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