Daniel Carr showed off some smooth hands Tuesday, toe-dragging between two defenders before tucking in a forehand goal for a pre-season game-winner.
Montreal Canadiens winger Daniel Carr netted an early candidate for goal of the year, and the regular season hasn’t even started yet. The competition Carr scored his beauty against makes it all the sweeter, too.
During Tuesday’s pre-season tilt in Quebec City, the Canadiens and rival Boston Bruins had battled to a 3-3 draw into the third period. With less than five minutes left in a game the Canadiens had come back in order to tie, the Bruins were looking to move the puck up and out of their zone for a late push on the Montreal goal, but Boston’s best attempt to head up ice was turned into a nightmare thanks to Carr.
After Adam McQuaid put a cross-ice pass on Zdeno Chara’s tape, the towering Bruins blueliner tried to throw a pass across the ice to start the breakout. Instead, Carr reached out with his stick and intercepted the pass, tipping the puck to Canadiens pivot Michael McCarron. Carr took off into the zone, McCarron hit him with a quick backhand pass and you have to see the rest:
As if the toe drag that literally sent McQuaid sprawling to the ice wasn’t enough, Carr’s cutback move on Tuukka Rask was outstanding. Carr dipping his shoulder caused Rask to bite on the backhand enough that when Carr had enough room to tuck the puck in once he swivelled back to his forehand.
Making it all the better for Carr and Canadiens fans everywhere is that the play ended with Rask beaten, Chara on the ice and McQuaid watching from his stomach. That’s a goal Habs fans will remember, and it’s only pre-season.
Carr had already wrapped up a spot on the roster heading into training camp, but this is certainly the icing on the cake as he enters his second season with the club. In 23 games in 2015-16, Carr scored six goals and nine points while skating fourth-line minutes.
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