Ales Hemsky received more than his fair share of criticism during his time in Edmonton, but there was never any question about his skill level. Just about anybody would admit that Hemsky can completely amaze you with his stickhandling and ability to make moves in traffic, but many Oilers fans would add the following caveat: when he wants to.
Well, on Thursday night versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, he wanted to. Watch this incredible goal from newest Ottawa Senator:
Man. Imagine if the Oilers had a guy who could do this.
This is one of the best goals you're going to see this year. When Hemsky goes to work, he's literally surrounded by Lightning -- encircled by four of them. But in a flash, he's in all alone.
Radko Gudas plays the victim here, getting completely turnstiled by Hemsky after he makes the grave error of attempting to poke the puck off Hemsky's stick as the Senator comes across the blue line.
He never even comes close. The moment he reaches out, Hemsky pulls the puck back on his forehand, puts it through his own legs to the backhand, then walks around Gudas before pulling the puck back to the forehand and tucking it past Ben Bishop.
I love the way the crowd roars when Hemsky goes wide on Gudas. That's the sound of thousands of people being amazed by something at the same time.