Photo credit: Alex Brandon
After scoring a hat trick opening night, Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski struggled, scoring only two points in his next six games. However, since being demoted to the third line with Jason Chimera and Joel Ward, Grabovski has found his groove, scoring 7 points in his last 5 games. And on Saturday night against the Florida Panthers, Grabovski reminded us again just how freakin’ skilled he is, scoring a fantastic goal in the shootout.
Sexy! Sensational! Scintillating! (GIF by welshhockeyfan)
This move of going forehand and then sliding the puck in backhand was first patented by Swedish hockey player Kent Nilsson before being made famous in the mid-90s by Peter Forsberg.
Since then, a lot of players have copied the move. For example, Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, who seemingly attempts it once a game.
Worth noting: Florida Panthers winger Aleksander Barkov tried the same move immediately after Grabovski and scored on Michal Neuvirth. Grabo’s was prettier though!