Sam Girard scored his second goal of the season tonight and helped Colorado Avalanche submitted two new clips for use with the ‘NHL Weird’ montage in the process. The montages run on NHL.tv during broadcasts along with the likes of ‘Top Goals’, ‘Top Saves’ and ‘Best Cellys’.
The first clip was recorded on January 10th when Gabriel Landeskog scored from the neutral zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The captain’s seemingly innocuous chip into the offensive zone under pressure bounced awkwardly and over Penguins goaltender Matt Murray into the net. After that I thought I’d seen everything.
Given, I haven’t been an NHL fan as long as some, so there’s still a lot to learn and I’m sure I’ve missed a lot, but in that time I have tried to watch as many games as I possibly could. This year I decided to subscribe to NHL.tv, mainly to watch Colorado, but also to have hockey available on demand.
What these guys do amaze me, playing at the speed they do with the physical nature of the game helps me relive the good ol’ days of soccer before it became a non contact sport. Add on that they are doing all this on ice and always seem to be aware of where the puck is at all times makes it all the more impressive.
That wasn’t the case during Girard’s goal.
With 13:01 gone in the first period a shot from the point by Avalanche Defenseman Ryan Graves was blocked by Rasmus Ristolainen. A melee ensued in front of Carter Hutton’s net for the puck, except it wasn’t there. It had rebounded out to the right side of the net and no-one seemed aware of it. With a delayed penalty called on Buffalo, Sam Girard noticed the puck and skated to pick it up. With possession gained and nobody even looking in his direction, including Hutton, Girard rifled the puck into a pretty much empty net for goal number two of the season and clip number two for NHL to play on repeat.
Avalanche ran out easy 6-1 winners with Andre Burakovsky having a four point night, but if you knock on NHL Network tonight I can assure you Girard’s goal will be the main topic of conversation in what was otherwise a very uneventful one-sided game.