Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Saucer Pass -- Del Zotto With a Seeing-Eye Wrister

The Saucer Pass is where The Fan Child talks puck. Here is the NHL Goal of the Night for Thursday Dec. 30.

A huge win for the Rangers last night, as they blasted the Panthers on the road, 4-1. The Saucer Pass has chosen the Rangers' third goal of the night, a top-shelf wrister by Michael Del Zotto, not necessarily because it was the prettiest goal, or the most highlight-worthy. We chose the goal because it embodies who the Rangers are as a team.

Check out the relentless five-on-five forecheck from the Blueshirts, in a game that they already led by two goals, on the road no less. Great work by Brad Richards (with some mucking and a beautiful cross-ice feed for the primary assist) and Carl Hagelin (more world-class mucking) to ensure that the Rangers maintained possession of the puck, and of course, awesome job by Del Zotto for finding the net with a gorgeous shot from the sideboards.

The win leaves the Rangers sitting all by themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference, and they are just two points from the overall NHL lead.