Nazem Kadri (Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri made almost every Philadelphia Flyers skater on the ice look silly before setting up teammate Peter Holland.
Assists can be earned in the flukiest of fashions, a bounce off a shin pad here or there.
However, Nazem Kadri’s most recent helper Saturday in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers was on the complete opposite end of the spectrum.
The Toronto Maple Leafs center made almost every Flyers skater on the ice look silly before setting up teammate Peter Holland.
The assist required equal parts effort and skill.
Kadri picked up the puck in the Toronto zone and then sidestepped Flyers’ Chris Vandevelde. As Kadri moved into the neutral zone he pushed the puck by Nick Cousins and walked around him. His next victim was defenseman Radko Gudas, who slid and swung his stick aimlessly. Finally, Nadri completed a pass through the legs of Gudas’ partner Nick Schultz and onto Holland’s stick.
Holland just had to finish the job on goaltender Steve Mason and did so, netting his ninth goal of the season.
Nadri’s work on the goal, scored 3:16 into the third period, tied the game at three.
Despite the flair, Nadri of course received just one assist on the play, his 19th. He also collected a helper on Nick Spaling’s first goal of the season in the second period and now has 30 points.
The Flyers netted the winning goal 29 second into overtime. Shayne Gostisbehere scored and extended his record point streak for an NHL rookie defenseman to 15 games in the process.