From a goaltending perspective, Gatineau Olympiques netminder Francois Brassard hasn’t been having the best season of his career. On the stat sheet, however, he’s setting records.
The 21-year-old goaltender scored his second goal – yes, you’re reading that right – of the season Saturday night against the Saint John Sea Dogs. His first came back on Dec. 13 against the Quebec Remparts while Brassard was a member of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Check out the goal below, courtesy of Buzzing The Net’s Neate Sager: Read more
Steve Mason’s favorite player in the entire league as of Saturday night is New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider. Why, you ask? Kreider saved Mason from officially allowing a laugher from center ice, that’s why.
Just seven seconds in to Saturday’s game against the Rangers, Derek Stepan collected a loose puck in the neutral zone, spun and rifled it down into Philadelphia’s zone. The puck then skipped, hopped, bounced, dipped, dove and found its way through Mason and into the net.
Judging by Mason’s reaction after allowing the goal, Kreider might be getting a gift from a secret admirer in the next couple of days. Watch the goal below: Read more
There is diving and then there is performance art. Friday night, Brad Marchand presented us with the latter.
In overtime of the Boston Bruins’ game against the New Jersey Devils, Marchand took one of the most hilarious dives there will likely ever be. After Reilly Smith put a puck on goal in the extra frame, Marchand followed the puck to the net and was chopped in the foot by Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas. And what was Marchand’s reaction? Flying, rolling and finally coming to a stop with his legs above his head, of course. Read more
Marcus Sorensen isn’t the biggest player in the SHL – he’s stands 5-foot-11, 161 pounds – and according to Elite Prospects his game would be improved if he got stronger. The 22-year-old Swede better not ever have his strength questioned again.
Friday night Sorensen, a fourth-round, 106th overall selection of the Ottawa Senators in 2010, scored the kind of goal you would expect out of a Rick Nash or Peter Forsberg type power forward. In overtime between Djurgarden, Sorensen’s club, and Leksand, he grabbed the puck at the blueline, fought through two checks and buried an incredible individual effort tally. Read more
Be warned: this is going to hurt to watch.
During Thursday evening’s game between the Kings and Senators, Los Angeles blueliner Jamie McBain was exiting the Ottawa zone with Erik Condra coming towards him. Condra, with no stick, was simply making room for Ottawa to exit the zone when he caught a slash to what color commentator Jamie McLennan called the, “center of gravity area.”
Suffice to say Condra went down in a heap after receiving the chop to the groin. Read more
Alex Ovechkin’s spinning, sliding, one-handed goal against Phoenix remains one of the best goals scored in recent history, but we’ll venture to guess that Chris Culligan’s goal in the EIHL is the greatest goal scored in league history.
Culligan, who plays for the Cardiff Devils, scored a goal that’s similar to Ovechkin’s famous tally but had the degree of difficulty increased ever so slightly. You see, Ovechkin was falling and sliding without a defenseman literally on top of him. Culligan, on the other hand, had a defender draped all over him throughout the entire goal: Read more
Heading in to Thursday night, Luke Glendening had suited up for each of Detroit’s 59 games and had scored only seven goals. As such, it was a surprise when Glendening scored against San Jose, but it was twice as unexpected when you see the goal itself.
With the Sharks and Red Wings tied at 2 and less than two minutes left on the clock, the Wings line of Glendening, Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader got some sustained pressure in the offensive zone. Nyquist spotted Glendening in front as the puck wrapped back behind the Sharks’ net, shuffled a pass out front to him and Glendening did the rest. Check out his spinning finish: Read more
Blue Jackets left winger Corey Tropp didn’t score a goal that counted Thursday in Columbus’ 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, but his disallowed goal on star netminder Carey Price was nonetheless a marvel of hand-eye co-ordination.
The 25-year-old Tropp has just one goal and six points in 46 games with the Jackets this season, and he nearly had his second after being knocked to the ice directly in front of Price and putting the puck in the net from a seated position on the ice: (video via Reddit user Grizzy19 and streamable.com) Read more