The play began with a pass by Brian Strait up the boards, springing Grabner on a breakaway. Gabriel Landeskog – who had a nightmarish shift – tried to chase him down. Luckily for the Avs, the puck bounced on Grabner before his shot attempt against Semyon Varlamov.
But thus continued the video game shift: Grabner skated over and corralled his own botched shot, skated into the middle of the ice and beat Varlamov for the overtime game winner at 1:46.
Check it out here, as the New York Islanders topped the Avs, 2-1:
Said Grabner after the game to NHL.com:
"The puck bounced a little bit," Grabner said. "I don't know if my stick got caught on the boards or the ref there. I almost lost it and couldn't control the puck, but I got it back in the corner and the guys opened up some room by driving to the net and I got a chance to shoot from the hash marks."
He was fresh off the bench when Strait found him with a pass, before Grabner looked like he was skating in real time while everyone else looked like they were in a video review of his goal. It was Grabner’s seventh of the season and his first OT game winner for the Islanders.
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