With less than a month before training camp opens in mid-September, we are taking one last look back at the 2018-19 season as we dive into the best goals of last year. We compiled our bracket based on the cumulative rankings of our Capitals team, from reporters to producers and everyone in between, and now is your turn to help us determine the best Capitals goal of 2018-19. Below is a Slack conversation between the members of our Capitals content team.
jmurph: Day 3 of our Goal of the Year bracket pitting T.J. Oshie's kung-fu kick goal from Game 2 of the First Round last year against Carolina and an Alex Ovechkin slot snipe against the Avalanche. Where shall we start?
JJ Regan: First, I want to here from McNally who had this Ovechkin goal ranked 5th. To me, I would put both Ovechkin's one-timer (No. 16) and Vrana's goal (No. 15) over this one.
So please, defend yourself
Rob Carlin: Here?? Really JJ?? Let's work on your grammar before taking shots at McNally.
Don't you write for a living??
JJ Regan: I am not a morning person.
jmurph: well Brian, what do you have to say for yourself?
bmcnally: I also am not a morning person and probably watched the video at 8am. There's my excuse.
Rob Carlin: I'm stunned this Ovi goal even made the list. It's pedestrian for him.
bmcnally: It's still pretty, pretty good. It's not 5th. It's a nice move to cut to the middle and I think we're underrating the shot
JJ Regan: Let's be clear, it's a good goal. A fine goal. Impressive in fact. But it had no business coming up against TJ Oshie's kung fu kick.
bmcnally: But I'll concede this could probably go on the "Worst goals allowed by the Colorado Avalanche in 2018-19" list and not this list
Ryan Billie: It's a fine goal. Seen it tho a million times.
Rob Carlin: I love the Oshie goal. But the whole thing is Matt Niskanen's pass through the neutral zone. It's a thing of beauty. Sure, Osh finished in style. But that outlet was perfection.
bmcnally: And to be fair....I don't think I ranked it ahead of T.J. Oshie's goal. If I did I had a brain injury that day. The kung fu kick is an all timer for me. I love its so much
jmurph: this is true, you ranked the Oshie goal #1 on your list
so you're not a complete loony
Ryan Billie: All timer. One of the best Oshie goals as a Cap
JJ Regan: What makes it even better was that it was against Justin Williams who seemed to take that entire series personally. Pro athletes always find ways to motivate themselves so maybe that was just his way of pumping himself up for the series, but I loved Oshie kicking the stick right out of his hands.
jmurph: Agreed, even thinking about sticking your leg up is something most wouldn't come close to attempting in a playoff game. To try it, and successfully knock the stick out of Justin's hands is something else
bmcnally: The reaction to the kung fu kick is great, too. Like he wants to argue with the ref or have some penalty called but instead just goes "Aw, hell that was ridiculous."
JJ Regan: Not every underdog matches up. This one is a blowout.
Ryan Billie: I didn't know that was allowed, kicking it out of his hands. Very resourceful.
bmcnally: Yes. This one isn't close. This goal will face stiffer competition later in the tournament. But not today
Ryan Billie: Not even close. The Oshie goal may win the whole damn thing
Rob Carlin: Yeah, this is just an overmatched MAAC team going up against Duke or Kentucky. To quote Dickie V - Its blowout city, baby!
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Capitals Goal of the Year Bracket: Oshie's Kung Fu kick vs Ovechkin's snipe originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington