Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Saucer Pass: Stamkos' Sick Deflection Vs. Montreal

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The Saucer Pass is where The Fan Child talks puck. Here is the NHL Goal of the Night for Thursday Dec. 29.

Wow. So this is what ridiculously gifted goal scorers do in the NHL. What a beautiful deflection for the NHL's goal scoring leader, Steven Stamkos. With his 23rd goal in 36 games, the Ontario native and former 1st overall pick in the 2008 draft is on pace to score a career-best 52 goals.

With the win, the Lightning crawled into a tie with the Habs for 12th place in the Eastern Conference.

Ah, but let's get back to the deflection. This looks like something out of a video game. The play looks dead before Pavel Kubina whirls around at the blue line and tees off on a blind slapper that is headed about ten feet wide of the net. Then the ever alert Stamkos, with the blade of his stick on the ice, aptly directs the puck into the open side of the net as Canadiens netminder Carey Price stares on in disbelief.

As good as Pavel Datsyuk's redirection goal was against St. Louis earlier in the week, Stamkos's was even better. There are four replays to choose from, but any angle you look at this from, it was sick with a capital S. The puck shot out of the net almost as fast as it went in.