After much deliberation, the list is complete – this week we’ve got a dirty tic-tac-toe, a couple of slick breakaway goals, a beauty move around a veteran blue liner and a defenceman making a whole team look silly for a milestone marker.
5. Milan Hejduk
There were some pretty nifty passing plays last week, but none was better than this tic-tac-toe by the Colorado Avalanche. The first pass goes across the entire width of the ice, before Paul Stastny hits Milan Hejduk with a one-touch pass for the easy tap-in.
4. Evgeni Malkin
I think it’s safe to say that Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin is easily one of the best players, if not the best player, in the NHL right now, and it’s goals like this one against the Jets that cement that point. He seems to be able to make goalies guess wrong with the greatest of ease!
3. Boyd Gordon
Phoenix Coyotes forward Boyd Gordon put on a show against the Detroit Red Wings last week with this terrific shorthanded goal – he breaks in on Joey Macdonald with the puck on his forehand, he quickly fakes to his backhand, and then he brings it back and slides it home. Sick!
2. Lars Eller
The Toronto Maple Leafs came up way short against the Montreal Canadiens on Mats Sundin’s big night last weekend, but you can’t really blame them when guys like Lars Eller are scoring goals like this one! Watch as Eller drives right past Dion Phaneuf and puts it home for a beauty snipe!
1. Mark Streit
The number one goal of the week comes to us from NY Islanders captain Mark Streit – the defenceman basically skates right through four LA Kings and rips a low backhander into the net for the OT win and the 10,000th goal in Islanders history!
What the Puck?
This week’s WTP moment actually happened a couple of weeks ago, but it’s still funny: Check out the extra baggage that Detroit’s Jan Mursak carried around the ice for an entire shift:
He probably thought someone was right on him that whole time!