Mason Raymond (Brad Watson/Getty Images)
Calgary Flames winger Mason Raymond blasted a one-timer last night that found its way past San Jose Sharks netminder Alex Stalock in less than half a second. The Ovechkin-esque blast was Raymond’s eighth of the season.
With Calgary attacking the San Jose Sharks zone, a deflected pass careened onto the tape of Flames center Joe Colborne who made a slick backhand feed to Raymond. Keep your eyes peeled because it takes less than half a second for the puck to rocket off the Flames winger’s stick, ping off the back bar and wedge itself into the net’s padding. Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock had no chance.
If you mirrored the image, this would look a lot like the spot where Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos, two players with the most feared one-timers, set up and bury goals from on a consistent basis. Raymond looked like their equal on this blast.
The tally was Raymond’s eighth goal and his second marker and third point in three games. The Cochrane, Alta., native has been streaky at best this season, but if he keeps getting set up like this, he could come close to 20 goals this season.