Kent Tukeli | Mon 08/01/2018 - 11:08 EST

5 Must-See NHL Plays of The Week

5 Must-See NHL Plays of The Week

Five Most Incredible Plays In The NHL Last Week

#5 Athanasiou’s Sick Six Second OT Winner

Looks like Andreas Athanasiou had late night reservations at his favorite souvlaki joint, because he didn’t waste a single moment decimating any hope that the Ottawa Senators had of winning this game. Instead of making a strong play on the puck, Erik Karlsson allows Andreas to steal the biscuit and race in against Craig Anderson unopposed. Athanasiou dipsy-doodles to his backhand to fake Anderson before depositing a nifty, top-shelf strike.

#4 Kane Able To Make Oilers Look Silly In OT

Going up against Patrick Kane one-on-one in open ice tends to be a recipe for disaster, and the Edmonton Oilers learned the hard way. Defenseman Andrej Sekera watches as Kane makes Leon Draisaitl look like a washing machine on spin cycle, marching in against Cam Talbot unopposed. Patrick finishes the play with a pseudo-Forsberg deke, adding a bit of hot sauce to the wound of defeat. 

#3 Vanek Dangles And Dishes Disrespectful Setup To Boeser

Since Thomas Vanek hasn’t had a stable home for a few seasons, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that he’s one of the most skilled forwards in the league. Vanek’s usually the one finishing, but this time he’s the one dropping a filthy dime to Canucks super-rookie Brock Boeser. Vanek dekes Jan Rutta back to the minors and appears to be going far side, fooling Gustav Forsling and Anton Forsberg. Instead, Thomas decides on a blind drop pass to Boeser for the easiest goal in the rookie’s short career.

#2 Hutton Karate Kicks Devils OT Winner

Sweet lord – goaltending has never been better in the NHL. Notice how the Blues defenders completely misplay the Devils attackers, creating a virtual two-man breakaway against Hutton. Instead of taking the rebound, one Blues player chases Nico Hischier into the corner while the other forgets to cover Marcus Johansson. Instead of sliding his pad along the ice, Carter Hutton has the presence of mind to karate kick a sure overtime winner away, embarrassing both the Devils and the Blues.

#1 Price Summons Ghost Of Hasek In OT

Goaltender abandonment seems to be one the rise during overtime in the NHL, as both Montreal Canadiens players decide to wander behind the icing line after Carey Price robbed the Bolts on the initial two on one. After the rebound, Palat has all day to set up what should have been an overtime winner. Instead, Price channeled the energy and improvisational skills of Dominik Hasek to make a rolling kick save that defies belief. Naturally, Price’s own player falls on him afterwards, a microcosm of the nonsense that Carey’s had to deal with this season.

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