Photo: Greg M. Cooper
Last night, Evgeny Kuznetsov had two more highlight-reel plays in a season full of highlight-reel plays. In the first period, after playing keep-away along the dasher boards, Kuznetsov found Andre Burakovsky with a jaw-dropping cross-ice pass and the Burracuda’s fourth goal of the season. That pass eluded four sticks, including teammate Justin Williams. One period later, Kuznetsov was back at it on the power play. Kuznetsov, taking the open ice offered by sagging Bruins penalty killers, released a snapshot on a helpless Tuukka Rask.
Those were great, but he saved his best act for the third period. In one shift, Kuznetsov turned a NHL hockey game into a beer-league exhibition.
Photo: Jean-Yves Ahern
Last night, TJ Oshie showed off his tremendous bowling skills, taking out two Panthers while showing no regard for his own safety. But it’s his hand-eye coordination that continues to boggle our minds. Recently before a game in Montreal, the Caps caught Oshie casually puck juggling at center ice.
New first-line winger TJ Oshie is a stick-handling wizard. That at least is clear. Oshie became a household name in the United States when he singlehandedly defeated Russia in an Olympic shootout. Caps fans first got a taste of his dangling ability during the preseason when Oshie went three-for-three in the skills competition.
Now RMNB reader Anthony Conard Jr. brings us this mind-blowing video from Tuesday’s pregame warmups against the San Jose Sharks. Watch as Oshie gets tossed a puck from the bench and gets fancy.
It wouldn’t be an All-Star Game without Alex Ovechkin doing something amazing. During warm-ups, NBC panned to the Russian machine as he skated around with the rest of his Team Foligno teammates. It was at that perfect moment Ovechkin decided to pick the puck up with the blade of his stick and juggle it out to center ice.
Every time I think I’ve seen Alex Ovechkin do it all, he does something new and mind-boggling. This time, it was Ovechkin’s last-second shot on Marc-André Fleury from Saturday night. Ovechkin didn’t score, but he freaking juggled the puck over his head twice high before taking a baseball swing and firing a shot on net.
He almost scored stick-side. That would have been every bit the highlight-reel goal Ovechkin’s score from last week was.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has unrivaled puck skills. So much so that juggling the puck has become easy for him. In years past, Ovechkin would pull the move off only in All-Star Game breakaway challenges. Now he’s using the move in games and has even scored with it.
Saturday, Ovechkin juggled the puck again, this time after his and Patrice Bergeron’s sticks knocked the puck air-borne in the neutral zone.
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