While some people say they watch hockey for the “fights,” the real amazing elements of this game are the complicated, seemingly impossible goals many of the players can pull off. While there are more than a few “trick shots” out there, some that are considered quite fantastic are those that are pulled off from behind the net or other tight angles.
After all, what’s better than watching the puck be shot from behind the net, bounce off the goalie and then land in the net. Or, when the shot off a retreating defenseman winds up in the back of the net. It’s almost as if the puck has eyes.
Here hockey fans can learn more about a few of these amazing shots, who was able to pull them off and see what is truly amazing about these hockey feats.
On a December 2017 game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Ryan O’Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres made one of those amazing, unforgettable shots. He hit the puck from a seemingly impossible angle, below the goal line, that somehow made its way into the net. This is one shot that neither O’Reilly nor his teammates will forget anytime soon.
A general rule in the game of hockey is that the goals scored behind the goal line are much more embarrassing than the goals made in front of it. This means that, in a way, Toews pulled off the ultimate embarrassment against the New York Islanders in a game from November of 2015.
After just a few minutes of the first period had passed, the Chicago Blackhawks were able to get the puck behind the net of the Isles and into the corner. This is when Toews hit the puck toward the net and got it past goalie Michal Neuvirth.
In October of 2017, Crosby was able to pull off an overtime victory for the Penguins against the Rangers thanks to his “pure hockey brilliance” as it’s been called.
Crosby noticed the puck and allowed Kevin Shattenkirk, a defenseman for the Rangers, to touch the puck first and wave off the hand pass, which would have caused a stop to the play. After Shattenkirk was unable to get the puck back, Crosby slings a completely no-look shot from a seemingly impossible angle that was well behind the goal line. This is the shot that tied the game, leading to overtime and the win.
That list just highlights a few of the times these types of amazing shots were made. Chances are more will be seen in the near future as more and more players are trying to “up the ante” when it comes to trick shots.
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