Tag: goal of the year

Mikael Granlund

Video: Finland’s Mikael Granlund scores the goal of the year vs. Russia


While Finland was busy upsetting Russia today at the World Championships 3-0 to book a date in the gold medal game against rival Sweden, we got a glimpse of what the future might be like for the Minnesota Wild thanks to their 2010 first round pick Mikael Granlund.

During the second period with the game locked in a scoreless tie, Granlund carried the puck around the Russian net while being chased down by the defense. With the Russian defense unable to keep up with him, Granlund did something we haven’t seen in some time. He picked the puck up on his stick and scored a stunning lacrosse-style goal to beat and embarrass Konstantin Barulin and the Russians.

The last time we saw something like this was 1996 in the NCAA Tournament when the University of Michigan’s Mike Legg beat the University of Minnesota with a similar goal. Sidney Crosby too has pulled the trick off in the past. For now though, it’s Granlund’s moment to shine. We’re pretty sure fans in Minnesota might pass out from the excitement of seeing an actually talented offensive skill player doing crazy things like this. It’s been a few years since they’ve seen that.

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Video: Bobby Ryan’s candidate for goal of the season

Bobby Ryan, Pekka Rinne

You’re going to see this goal in highlight reels for the next¬†10 years.

During the third period with the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators locked up a 1-1, Bobby Ryan broke that tie in the meantime with a goal that defies description.

After picking the puck off at the point from Nashville forward David Legwand, Ryan streaked towards the Nashville end and poked the puck around and past Legwand twice more before deking and firing the puck past Rinne on the backhand to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead.

While the game is headed to overtime tied at 3-3, Ryan’s goal remains the most spectacular goal we’ve seen in the playoffs and perhaps all season long.

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