Jonathan Huberdeau (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Panthers may have lost to the Capitals in a shootout, but Jonathan Huberdeau made sure to pay homage to one of the all-time greatest goals.
In a game that involves the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals going to a shootout, you’d expect the highlight of the night to be something off the stick of Alex Ovechkin. Not tonight. The former Southeast Division rivals battled to a tightly contested 1-1 draw through regulation and overtime. Both teams saved their scoring touches for the shootout. After Evgeny Kuznetsov gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead in the shootout with a quick flick of the wrists, Jonathan Huberdeau evened the score by paying homage to one of the most iconic goals of all-time: Peter Forsberg’s one-handed goal from the 1994 Olympics. It was an absolutely beautiful goal from the 2012-13 Calder Trophy recipient.
Originally used by Kent Nilsson, Forsberg made the goal famous when he slipped it past Canadian goaltender Corey Hirsch in the '94 Olympics Gold Medal game in Lillehammer. It would prove to be the winning tally in the shootout. Unfortunately for Huberdeau and the Panthers, his marker couldn't do the same. Ovechkin got the last laugh for the Capitals as he outwaited Florida goaltender Al Montoya for the shootout winner. All may not be lost for Huberdeau, though. If he waits long enough,
he might get on a stamp.