Everyone remembers “The Goal” from Alex Ovechkin, even though the Washington Capitals captain still cannot explained how it happened. On Jan. 16, 2006, with 8:06 remaining in an afternoon game against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Capitals rookie forward scored a spectacular goal that Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky, the NHL all-time leader with 894 goals, called “pretty sweet.” It remains one of the defining plays of Ovechkin’s career.
After picking up the puck in the neutral zone, Ovechkin carried it over the Coyotes blue line on the right wing and cut to the middle against defenseman Paul Mara. The rookie fell as he tried to toe drag while crossing the slot but maintained control of the puck as he slid into the left circle and rolled onto his back. Reaching with his stick, Ovechkin hooked the puck back toward the net and slid it in past goaltender Brian Boucher.
On Tuesday night, New York Islanders forward Tom Kuhnhackl recreated the greatest goal of Ovechkin’s career. You can see the goal in the video above, atop of this article.
Believe us, it is worth it.
Entering play on Tuesday night the fourth rounder had one goal in six games this season, only three in his past 75 games dating back to last season, and only 12 in 174 career games.
The goal, that might now be the best goal of the year, is Kuhnhackl’s second of the season, he who plays on the fourth line of the Isles. Vancouver Canucks goalie Jakob Markstrom couldn’t imagine the puck would go in like this, but Kuhnhackl was able to score.
He surely channeled his inner Ovechkin on this!