Ranking the Top 5 Goals from Week 3 of the 2013-14 NHL Season
NHL players are going to have to go quite a distance to top what San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl did in the second week of the season when he went through his legs and fired a shot into the top corner to finish off a four-goal performance for that week.
But they will try, and there were no shortage of eye-opening goals in the third week of the season. Startling moves, brilliant shots and excellent creativity marked what fans saw as the NHL completed its third week of the season.
Here are the goals of the week from Oct. 13 through Oct. 19.
5. Perry snipes a one-timer
Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks was not going to let the visiting Ottawa Senators have an easy time of it when they made their West Coast road trip.
The Senators were battling hard Oct. 13, but they found themselves trailing 2-1 after a period. Perry, who had scored one of the first-period goals, was not going to let the Sens crawl back into this one.
The Ducks came out hard in the second period, and Perry found himself with time and space when he took a sweet pass from Hampus Lindholm at the 3:18 mark. He centered it up and snapped it home past Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner.
The goal was an example of how a top offensive star can get rid of the puck in an instant when he finds himself with a scoring opportunity.
4. Bozak finishes off spectacular passing play
The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have one of the more explosive offensive teams in the league through the first month of the season.
Tyler Bozak had no problems demonstrating that when the Leafs hosted the Minnesota Wild Oct. 15. In that game, the Leafs took advantage of an early power play when Bozak scored the first goal of the game past Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper.
On the play, Cody Franson had the puck in the offensive zone and made a crisp pass to Dave Bolland. The ex-Chicago Blackhawk wasted no time in directing the puck to Bozak, who snapped his shot by Kuemper before he had a chance to make the save.
The slick passing led to one of the sharpest goals of the week.
3. Johnson finds the range vs. the Red Wings
The Colorado Avalanche were on a roll when the Detroit Red Wings came to Denver Oct. 17.
The Red Wings took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the Avs wanted to fight back at the start of the second. They earned an early power play in that period, and that's when defenseman Erik Johnson took over.
He gathered the puck in his own zone and took it up ice with speed and purpose. As he crossed the blue line, it looked like the Detroit defense was about to meet him and he would have to pass or dump the puck in the corner.
But Johnson merely accelerated past the defense and angled off to his right so he had a clean look at the net. In an instant, he snapped his wrists and the puck was by Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson. Johnson's confidence, strength and power were obvious on this shot, but the Avs suffered a 4-2 loss, their first of the season.
2. Malkin shows off remarkable skill set
It's no surprise to see a superstar like Evgeni Malkin on our list. He has such a wide variety of skills on the ice that nearly every goal he scores could find itself on a highlight reel.
However, when the Edmonton Oilers came to the Consol Energy Center Oct. 15, Malkin put his incredible coordination and timing on display.
The Oilers were feisty against the powerful Pens all night, and the score was tied 2-2 with less than eight minutes remaining in the third period.
With the Penguins on the power play, Malkin set himself up on Edmonton goalie Jason LaBarbera's left side. Sidney Crosby had the puck on the half-wall on the opposite side and passed the puck to Paul Martin at the point. Martin fanned on his shot, but it went directly to Malkin, who simply blasted the moving puck through LaBarbera for the game-winning goal in a 3-2 Pittsburgh victory.
1. Teemu does it again
Teemu Selanne is the NHL's second-leading active goal scorer behind Jaromir Jagr. He scored the 676th goal of his career and his first of the season against the Calgary Flames Oct. 16.
With the Ducks leading 2-1 late in the second period, Selanne gave the Ducks a bit more breathing room. Jakob Silfverberg picked up a loose puck and carried it over the blue line when he saw Selanne streaking into the offensive zone.
Silfverberg merely chipped the puck in Selanne's direction, and the Finnish flash did the rest. He made a quick head fake that appeared to freeze Calgary goalie Joey McDonald. Selanne then whipped the puck into the top corner, and the Ducks extended their lead to 3-1.
Simple, yet spectacular.
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