There are impossible angles, and then there are angles that are impossible for mere mortals.
Steven Stamkos scored an unbelievable goal on Tuesday that falls into the latter category. Not only was it a mind-blowing goal, but it was also very important; that tally tied Tuesday’s contest at 3-3 in the dying seconds of the third period.
The Tampa Bay Lightning went from a close loss to a 4-3 shootout win against the Florida Panthers thanks to Stamkos’ heroics:
Alex Killorn captured many of our thoughts in saying “I was shocked he was trying to shoot it. Just a really unbelievably skilled play by a skilled player.”
If Stamkos was the cocky type, he’d respond “I tried to shoot it because I can.“
Carey on: Montoya blanks Pens in Habs’ home opener
Last season, the Montreal Canadiens disintegrated without Carey Price in net. Good thing they signed Al Montoya.
While Price’s flu situation generates conspiracy theories, you don’t need a tin foil hat to realize that Montoya has been a rock for Montreal so far. That continued on Tuesday night, as Montoya and the Habs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 in their home opener.
It’s not as though Montoya’s being coddled by a system that suffocates opposing offenses, either.
Instead, he’s faced 30+ shots in each game, including tonight’s 36-save shutout.
On paper, this is the sort of game a championship team should win.
The Colorado Avalanche have been looking strong, but they’re closing off a back-to-back set and were pushed to overtime. The Washington Capitals, meanwhile, come into this home game refreshed.
Sometimes things do work out more or less as planned. The Capitals mopped up this contest by a score of 3-0, giving the Avs their first loss of 2016-17.
It’s not just the win that should delight the Capitals, but also how they won.
For one thing, Philipp Grubauer enjoyed a relatively light workload in only needing 18 saves to post a shutout.
More than that, it was who was scoring the goals.
After being held off the scoreboard to start the season, the Capitals’ top line of Alex Ovechkin (one goal, one assist), T.J. Oshie (two tallies) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (one helper) really came through. Two of those three goals came on the power play, ticking off that box for anyone who gets concerned about things in small sample sizes.
If you close your eyes and imagine a typical Ovechkin goal, it probably looks just like the one he actually scored:
Washington hopes such familiar feelings will only become more common as the 2016-17 season goes along.