It’s rare to see a team form a 2-on-0 rush from inside its own defensive end. But it seems just about anything has become possible during these often chaotic — and entertaining — three-on-three overtime periods.
The New York Islanders — more specifically Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo — found themselves in just such a situation against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the overtime session during Saturday’s game.
With plenty of time to spare after a Columbus turnover inside the New York zone, Okposo took a drop pass from Bailey and deked out goalie Curtis McElhinney to give the Islanders a 3-2 victory.
“It’s unfortunate,” said Ryan Johansen, as per NHL.com. “You want to try and make the play. We had an odd-man rush and they made a good play to get a stick on it and bang, they’re off the other way.”
The Blue Jackets appeared to have the winning goal in the final minute of the third period, however officials deemed after a video review that Boone Jenner kicked the puck in.
From the NHL’s Situation Room blog: “At 19:12 of the third period in the New York Islanders/Columbus Blue Jackets game, video review determined that Boone Jenner kicked the puck into the New York net. According to Rule 49.2 “A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.” No goal Columbus.”
Ryan O'Reilly lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 overtime victory over the L.A. Kings on Saturday, capping off the win with an absolutely gorgeous goal.
The Sabres snapped the Kings’ winning streak at six games. O’Reilly beat Kings’ goalie Jhonas Enroth with a wrist shot while falling to his back after attempting to drag the puck around sliding defenseman Alec Martinez. The stick of Martinez just clipped O’Reilly’s skate, causing him to lose his balance as he took the shot.
It’s also O’Reilly’s 100th career NHL goal. Not a bad way to achieve such a milestone.
Tempers were apparently short between Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and David Backes of the St. Louis Blues during the first period of Saturday’s game.
So, they dropped the gloves in a spirited fight.
Benn entered Saturday leading the league in goals with 20, and tied with teammate Tyler Seguin for second in the NHL in points with 40.
So, earlier this evening we brought you video of Jamie McGinn‘s goal on a no-look, behind-the-back shot during the first period between the Buffalo Sabres and L.A. Kings.
This occurred in a different game, of course, but Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has entered into the running for most creative goal of the evening.
Kuznetsov gave Washington a two-goal lead in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning, as he faked like he was going to carry the puck behind the Tampa Bay net, then tucked the puck behind Ben Bishop.
It may have never worked in the past, and may never work again. But Jamie McGinn probably doesn’t care right now.
The Buffalo Sabres forward used some trickery to score his sixth goal of the season, beating L.A. Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth with a nifty no-look, between-the-legs shot from in close during the first period of Saturday’s game.