For those who watch ice hockey, they already know what a breakaway shot is. However, for those without much hockey knowledge, a little refresher may be necessary.

In ice hockey, breakaways occur when the player in control of the puck has no defending players (besides the goaltender) in between them and the goal. In this situation, the player is free to skate and shoot at-will before the defenders are able to catch them.

This is (in all actuality) a really impressive thing to see. The 2017-2018 season has had a few of these situations, and there are a few “greats” of all time that are worth mentioning.

Breakaway Goals in the 2017-2018 Season

Some of the most impressive breakaway goals made this season (thus far) are highlighted here.

Connor McDavid

Conner McDavid isn’t a stranger to amazing feats on the ice, and in a game against the Calgary Flames, his third-period breakaway goal right past Mike Smith helped the Oilers get the lead with a 2-0 score.

This is just one example of the amazing feats this player has achieved this season, and he is definitely on the “must-watch list” for other great moves in the coming matches.

Phil Kessel

Another amazing, game-winning breakaway goal was orchestrated by none other than Phil Kessel of the Pittsburgh Penguins. With this goal, his team won in overtime against the Winnipeg Jets with a score of 2-1. What’s even more impressive is that this was Kessel’s 300th goal in the NHL, which not only makes this a great game, but also a pretty impressive milestone.

Viktor Arvidsson

On November 4th of 2017, another impressive breakaway goal took place. This one occurred when Calle Jarnkrok and Viktor Arvidsson, of the Nashville Predators, connected on a huge, game-changing play.

Jarnkrok was able to steal the puck from a Los Angeles Kings player and feed it over to Arvidsson. Then, once in control, Arvidsson scored a breakaway goal after playing for 4:40 minutes in overtime. This goal led to the Predators winning the game with a final score of 4-3.

While there have been more than a few breakaway goals this season (and likely more to come), these are just a few of the most impressive that have been seen. You should tune in to see who else is going to be able to pull off this impressive feat on the ice.

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