The start of the NHL season has been incredible. It has been full of great goals, big hits and sensational plays. One thing to go through this week is how the small details can result in a goal. One of the things we work on with players is hand-eye co-ordination. This can be used to deflect pucks in front of the net, knock pucks out of the air on saucer passes or like we saw multiple times this week, knock pucks into the net. Here are 3 examples from this week where players tapped the puck out of mid air and scored some big goals for their teams:
A. Gaborik’s 1st of 2
Standing in front of the net, Gaborik moves into a rebound and taps the puck out of mid air for a great goal. Notice how his eyes are on the puck and he uses his wrists to hit the puck. He doesn’t take a big swing at the puck but instead makes sure the puck makes contact with his stick.
B. Gaborik’s 2nd in 1 night
The speed at which he does this is incredible. Keep in mind he his going full speed, pulling away from the defenseman and he has the presence of mind to react to a rebound in mid air. His reaction to get his shot away and then track the puck and knock it to the net is lighting fast. A great game winning goal and one we will surely see again on highlights again and again.
C. Yakupov Scores a Memorable Goal
Yakupov may be remembered more for the celebration then for the goal, but it was a great skill play. He positioned himself at the side of the net and as the rebound came out he bunts it into the open net. Notice again, the stick movement is controlled and not a wild swing at the puck. He uses the wrists to get the puck to the net and finish the play off. This goal sent the game to overtime where the Oilers won. Good thing he practices this and didn’t miss!
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