Kris Versteeg (via NHL/YouTube)
Hurricanes winger Kris Versteeg went between his legs to score a beautiful goal against the Washington Capitals Monday. Versteeg, 29, has five goals and 18 points in his first season with Carolina. He is in the final season of a four-year, $17.6-million deal.
Hurricanes winger Kris Versteeg is a three-time 20-goal scorer and he’d probably be the first to admit that he’d love to have a much larger number in the goal column, but even if Versteeg isn’t filling the net it doesn’t mean he’s lost his creativity.
In the third period of Carolina’s outing against the red-hot Washington Capitals, Versteeg scored one of the more clever goals of the season. Following a Hurricanes break-in, Versteeg found himself stationed to the side of Capitals netminder Philipp Grubauer when Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles fired a puck on net. Liles’ shot missed wide to the right but bounced perfectly — and we mean perfectly — to Versteeg.
With one quick move, Versteeg pulled the puck between his legs and fired a quick chip shot over the outstretched pad of Grubauer to get Carolina within one:
The smooth tally was Versteeg’s fifth of the season, putting him on pace for just 12 goals this season. If he fails to muster more than 12, it would match the lowest full-season total of his career — in 2013-14, in a season split between Florida and Chicago, Versteeg scored only 12 goals. In 506 games, Versteeg, 29, has 121 goals and 293 points.
Versteeg will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end as he’s in the final season of a four-year, $17.6-million deal that is paying him $4.7 million this season.
As for Monday, Versteeg’s goal would be Carolina’s only marker of the night as Grubauer stopped 31 of 32 shots that came his way. Washington held on for a 2-1 victory.