My Favorite Goal: Nyquist circles and circles the Senators

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Welcome to “My Favorite Goal,” a regular feature from NBC Sports where our writers, personalities and NHL players remember the goals that have meant the most to them. These goals have left a lasting impression and there’s a story behind each one.

Today, Rotoworld’s Brian Rosenbaum remembers the time when Gustav Nyquist toyed with the Senators.

What made this goal so fantastic was that Nyquist basically had the puck for 30 seconds all by himself in a four-on-four situation circling in the offensive zone three times before firing his shot. The Ottawa players actually defended Nyquist quite well during his solo skate in their zone. But Nyquist is just mesmerizing to watch as he dipsy doodles around for a half a minute before winning the game.

“You know you have a little bit more space out there on four-on-four and the other guys did a good job creating space for me and I had a good screen in front,” Nyquist said afterward. “It’s tough to defend when you have a lot of room and you can protect (the puck) on the outside. I just tried to hold on to it as long as possible to get a good shot off and it worked.”

You check out previous “My Favorite Goal” entries here.


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.