Move over Andrei Svechnikov. Matthew Tkachuk just took the crown for best goal of the young NHL season — and maybe the decade. This one is simply mind-blowing.
First off, let’s set the stage. It’s overtime in a crazy matchup between Calgary and Nashville that was at one point 4-1 for the Predators. The Flames stormed back to force the extra frame after scoring four goals in the third period.
Tkachuk is flying full-speed into the slot and redirects a pass — through his legs — to win the game with two seconds remaining in overtime.
You’re going to want to watch this a dozen times.
— NHL (@NHL) November 1, 2019
Here’s a slow motion version to really highlight the ridiculousness of the play.
Matthew Tkachuk with some absolute silliness to win it in OT pic.twitter.com/hjW6p6mglk
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) November 1, 2019
Understandably, Twitter caught fire after the goal was scored.
Had to watch that replay 8 times to figure out what Tkachuk did
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 1, 2019
Matthew Tkachuk's goal is the best I've seen in a long time. That was insane.
— Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyNHL) November 1, 2019
This is just stupid good. STUPID Good. (And not even like, showy for the sake of it - for guys who can shoot the puck between their legs, you can actually get more on it there versus trying an off-hand kinda push-shot. Plus the angle change it comes with... worth trying!) https://t.co/lBuIPOp3y2
— Justin Bourne (@jtbourne) November 1, 2019
Matthew Tkachuk dressed up as "making SportsCenter" for Halloween. https://t.co/KKqq50X50X
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) November 1, 2019
Goal of the century by Tkachuk.
— Bryan Hayes (@HayesTSN) November 1, 2019
Andrei Svechnikov with the goal of the year!
Matthew Tkachuk, “Hold my beer.”
— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) November 1, 2019
When asked about the goal in a post-game interview, Tkachuk said the move was simply “instinctual” to him, which is as crazy as the goal itself.
Tkachuk tells @SNryanleslie:
“I couldn’t get my body around to shoot it forehand and I couldn’t just smack it backhand so...it was an instinctual thing to be honest.”
It’s incredible how certain players can process plays like that instantaneously
— Kyle Bukauskas (@SNkylebukauskas) November 1, 2019
There’s not much more to say. That was quite the trick, and treat, for everyone on Halloween night.
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