Jussi Jokinen (Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jussi Jokinen managed two goals Thursday night, including the game-winner, without taking an actual shot on net. Both of Jokinen’s tallies were deflected passes that Maple Leafs defenders tipped home, the second of which came on a crazy bounce.
Florida Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen is on pace to have one of the most productive offensive seasons of his career, but when the regular season is over, he’ll be able to chalk at least two of his tallies up to good fortune.
Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jokinen scored the first two goals of the night for the Panthers, including a game-winning tally that came midway through the second frame. The thing about Jokinen’s goals, though, is that neither were actual shots on goal and that he finished the game with two shots only because he had two separate passes deflected into the net. It was that kind of night for Jokinen.
Jokinen’s first goal came 22 seconds into the second period with the Panthers on a power play. He had taken a quick drop pass from Teddy Purcell after Florida gained the Maple Leafs’ zone and Jokinen was looking for a cross-ice pass to Vincent Trocheck, but the crisp pass deflected off of the stick of Toronto’s Ben Smith and perfectly between the wickets of Jonathan Bernier:
But if that looked like a lucky bounce, wait until you see Jokinen’s second tally, which came on an unbelievable bounce.
Jokinen was chasing the puck back in the Toronto zone when Nazem Kadri tried to retreat towards an oncoming Jokinen, who sealed the boards to knock down Kadri’s pass. Jokinen spotted Panthers winger Logan Shaw out in front of the net and attempted to fire a quick pass to Shaw that instead deflected off Maple Leafs defenseman Connor Carrick’s stick and somehow over the shoulder of Bernier:
Jokinen’s second goal, the one off of Carrick, stood as the game-winner with both tallies coming unassisted thanks to the redirections by Maple Leafs’ players. Thanks to the two lucky bounces, Jokinen now has four goals and 14 points over his last 12 games, and he came back from missing Tuesday’s game in Montreal with a two-goal night against Toronto. Too bad he couldn’t find one more bounce to complete the zero-shot hat trick.