For one thing, Oshie had so much time, it almost would have been understandable if he flubbed it. It’s like a basketball player who is so open you wonder that the shot will end in a brick.
The real treat of this clip is the assist, as Backstrom took advantage of a Brad Marchand turnover to send a beautiful saucer pass through a small window of two Boston Bruins.
It’s one of those moments that hockey nerds will particularly enjoy, a subtle display of skill that makes a more obvious slam-dunk moment happen.
(Phew, that’s a lot of analogies to other sports. Sorry.)
Here’s the moment itself, as it’s probably worth seeing in isolation:
Backstrom now has 36 assists, second only to Connor McDavid. It’s easy to see why thanks to moments like these.
It was a strong first period overall for Backstrom, who added a goal: