Photo credit: Scott Audette
After spending time on all four lines and becoming a regular in the Caps’ shootout line-up, Matt Hendricks was signed to a two-year deal worth $1.65 million last season. Coming into this year’s training camp, Hendricks’ singular focus was to hit double digits in goals. “I had nine my first year in the NHL with Colorado,” he told the Washington Post’s Tarik El-Bashir. “I played 56 games that year. Last year, I played in 77 games and had nine goals. I need to figure out a way to get over that hump.”
For a player that accumulated 110 points in 43 games during his prep career and was named a finalist for the 2000 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award, tallying ten or more goals seems to be well within reason. Unfortunately for Hendy, the red light has come on less frequently this season. In fact, it took 30 games for the 6’0’’, 215-pound winger to score his first goal of the year. And another 15 to get goal number two.
But complaining about Hendricks’ goal output and continuing the negative story train on RMNB is not why we’re here. On Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Hendricks — full of determination — opened the game’s scoring with one of the most unlikely and beautiful goals of the season.
Let’s review shall we?
A Photo Recap of Matt Hendricks Goal
After a center ice face-off, Brooks Laich pressures Victor Hedman along the boards.
Hedman’s intended pass to Lecavalier deflects off Laich’s skate…
…springing Laich and Hendy on a 2-on-1.
But Bruno Gervais is going to get to the puck first! Time for the SUPERMAN DIVE!
Hendy aims high glove-side, which is where momma hides the cookies.
Uhhh, now what?
Maybe the spin-a-rama will buy me some time here.
…a no-look backhander!
That went in?!
Brouwer knocks the puck across one more time just in case.
Just how Dale drew it up.
Video of the Goal
BONUS: PTI Grades the Hendy Tally
Screengrab via @pikappkaz
For transparency purposes, I enhanced the final few Hendy screenshots to make the puck easier to see.