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Goal of the night: Pavel Datsyuk’s dangling overtime game-winner

Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk makes it look so simple sometimes. That description of being “in the zone” where people say everything around them slows down and they get locked in must be the way Datsyuk lives life on the ice. In overtime against Edmonton last night, Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen, approached the Edmonton net through the slot, avoided a sprawling Liam Reddox and snapped a wrister by Devan Dubnyk to give Detroit a 2-1 overtime win against Edmonton.

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Goal of the night: Chris Stewart schools Columbus with overtime winner

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Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

New Blues power forward Chris Stewart has developed into quite the cult hero already in St. Louis and his efforts in last night’s 4-3 overtime win over Columbus will be the sort of thing the locals would write songs about if this were the 1930s.

Instead, the highlight of his game-winning goal in which he turns Grant Clitsome inside-out and then beats Mathieu Garon with an improbable backhand will have to suffice as the modern version of legend creating. With us bestowing him with our goal of the night honor we can only figure his rise to super stardom is well on its way.

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Goal of the Night – Erik Condra (March 8)

Ottawa Senators v New Jersey Devils

Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

Maybe this is an overly optimistic viewpoint, but it seems like everyone stumbles upon horrible (but secretly satisfying) puns in their own ways.

When I heard that Erik Condra’s two goals powered the Ottawa Senators past the New Jersey Devils last night, my first instinct was to make “Contra” jokes. (Somehow I didn’t make some reference to a “spread gun” of goals, though. For that, I apologize. My biggest question is if anyone’s used “Walking Condradiction” though …)

Yet the punmasters at NHL.com made their own adventure with the little-known forward’s last name, opting for an “Anaconda/AnaCondra” pun. To be honest, I didn’t see that pun-based passing lane, but they did. So I tip my cap to them, while you can tip your caps to Condra, who produced the March 8th Goal of the Night.

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Goal of the Night – Alex Ovechkin (March 7)

Alex Ovechkin

Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

Last night’s Washington Capitals-Tampa Bay Lightning game was a surprisingly bruising affair, without much of the finesse one would expect from a game featuring players such as Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Alexander Semin and Martin St. Louis.

In fact, it wasn’t until the shootout – when no one could restrain his offensive skills – that Ovechkin could show off his world-class skills. He scored the only shootout goal to win the game for Washington and also earn the March 7th Goal of the Night.

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Goal of the night: Alex Semin’s give-and-go game-winner vs. Florida

Alexander Semin

Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

When Alexander Semin was out of the lineup for Washington, it was clear his offensive presence was missed. While he’s been back for a couple weeks now, he’s been slow to get back his goal-scoring touch. The Florida Panthers and Scott Clemmensen were hoping he could go one more game without finding it.

Semin and Marcus Johansson combined on a beautiful give-and-go at the half boards in overtime against the Panthers that saw Semin rip a beauty of a shot past Clemmensen to win the game for the Caps and put them into a slim lead in the Southeast Division.

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