Once again, Alex Ovechkin does what he does best – score eye-popping goals

Alex Ovechkin (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has built a mile-long list of highlight reel goals – and he added some more footage to the collection with a dazzling, nearly end-to-end rush against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday that was the deciding marker in a 3-2 Washington victory.

The Caps’ captain picked up the puck at his own blueline, swiftly carried it down the ice, deked Avs defenseman Jan Hejda and tried to fire the puck on his backhand at Colorado goalie Reto Berra; the puck went past the net, but it rebounded right back to him, and Ovechkin made no mistake from close range on his forehand, even at a difficult angle and Hejda on his heels: Read more

Jarret Stoll thought he scored on Kari Lehtonen. Jarret Stoll was wrong

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Kari Lehtonen (Getty Images)

Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen hasn’t had the best beginning to the season, but if he continues making unbelievable saves like the one he made on Kings center Jarret Stoll Thursday, Stars fans are going to forget his slow start.

With his Stars up 2-0 early in the second period against the host Kings, Lehtonen had to deal with a flurry of activity in front of his net: L.A. left winger Kyle Clifford fired the puck toward Lehtonen; Kings right winger Trevor Lewis tried to bat the puck past him before knocking it over to Stoll, who likely thought he had an easy goal given how much wide-open net he was staring at. But because Lehtonen still had something to say about it, this happened: Read more

Highlight of the Night: Marian Hossa does it all himself with a wraparound goal against the Predators

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Chicago Blackhawk Marian Hossa scores on the wraparound

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how good Marian Hossa is because he plays behind guys like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the Chicago Blackhawks.

But Hossa is really good, as he showed last night when he went coast-to-coast and beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne on a wraparound.

Hossa makes everyone look like they’re moving in slow motion as he darts into the zone, skirts the two Nashville defenders and comes out behind the net.

Then he tosses the puck at Rinne and it goes in.

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Highlight of the Night: Islanders’ Strome, Bailey score spin-o-rama shootout goals on Devils’ Brodeur

New York Islander Ryan Strome snows Martin Brodeur in the shootout

Last night might have been Martin Brodeur’s last game in a New Jersey Devil uniform.

And it might be a night he’d rather forget.

Brodeur had the chance to play hero in the shootout against the New York Islanders.

Instead, two young Isles stole the show with spin-o-rama goals.

First came Josh Bailey‘s spin-o-rama move, followed by Ryan Strome doing the same thing. Each skater blew a heavy spray of snow in Brodeur’s face before looping back and stuffing the puck past him. Read more

Highlight of the Night: Ilya Bryzgalov robs James Neal with diving paddle save

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Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save on James Neal

Ilya Bryzgalov made 20 saves in a 4-0 shutout performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, as his Minnesota Wild continue to hold down the first wild card slot in the West.

And while 20 shots is pretty low, Bryzgalov had to be sharp against the Pens’ ever-dangerous snipers.

Just take a look at this 10-bell save on James Neal.

Bryzgalov had to dive across the crease and reach out his stick to stop Neal from capitalizing on a glorious rebound.

The shutout gave Bryzgalov three on the season and two as a member of the Wild. It also put Minnesota on the verge of clinching a playoff spot.

Highlight of the Night: Sam Gagner’s sick shootout move burns Phoenix Coyotes

Sam Gagner shootout winner

The Edmonton Oilers’ playoffs hopes may have been extinguished long ago, but their future still burns bright thanks to a boatload of skilled young forwards on the roster.

And while talent up front doesn’t always translate to wins, it certainly allows for some sick individual displays of skill.

Displays like the one Sam Gagner put on with his shootout winner last night against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Coyotes’ Thomas Greiss just can’t keep up with that many dekes.

Highlight of the Night: Stamkos scores for Lightning…and Sabres

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Steven Stamkos with Valtteri Filppula. (Photo by Rob Marczynski/NHLI via Getty Images)

Steven Stamkos knows how to put the puck in the net and he’s been doing just that since returning to the Lightning line-up after missing most of the season with a broken right leg, but now he’s gone too far.

On Saturday, Stamkos scored in both nets. It all started with the miscue below that gave the opposing Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 lead:

Luckily for Stamkos, the error didn’t cost his team the game, as Ryan Callahan tied it at three in the third. Stamkos would make up for the earlier blunder by ripping a laser beam passed Matt Hackett to win it for the Lightning in overtime.

 

Highlight of the Night: van Riemsdyk ties NHL record

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Toronto Maple Leafs v San Jose Sharks

The Toronto Maple Leafs are making hometown fans grumble as they slide further and further out of playoff contention. Last night marked their seventh straight loss when the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Buds 4-2.

The loss didn’t stop James van Riemsdyk from tying an NHL record for the fastest goal to start a period against his former team though. Check out this lightning quick goal from JVR.

The Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings at the Air Canada Centre tonight as they look to keep their playoff chances alive and rid themselves of this horrible losing streak.