Ranking the Top 5 Goals from Week 4 of the 2013-14 NHL Season
Alex Ovechkin is at the top of the NHL's goal-scoring ladder along with Alex Steen of the St. Louis Blues.
While not every goal Ovie scores is going to be a memorable one, he seems to score a lot of goals that could go in an NHL time capsule.
Ovechkin had one of those beauties last week when the Washington Capitals visited the Winnipeg Jets. There were a number of stunning goals throughout the NHL last week.
Here are the top five goals from the week of Oct. 20 through Oct. 26.
5. Getzlaf finishes the job
The Anaheim Ducks were in a bit of trouble when they hosted the Dallas Stars Oct. 20. The Stars were rolling and built up a 3-1 lead after one period.
The Ducks were undaunted and came roaring back with three goals in the second period. They started the third with a slim 4-3 lead, but they were not content to try to maintain a one-goal advantage.
Instead, they attacked the net early in the third period. Kyle Palmieri brought the puck into the offensive zone and passed it on to the tape of Corey Perry's stick. Perry drew the defense to him with one quick move and then passed it perfectly to Ryan Getzlaf.
Getzlaf had a clear view of goalie Jack Campbell's cage. He fired a perfect shot into the far corner in a stellar display of teamwork and a classic goal.
4. Gallagher scores a beauty
The Montreal Canadiens wanted to assert themselves against the Edmonton Oilers when head coach Dallas Eakins brought his young team to the Bell Center.
With the Canadiens holding a 1-0 lead late in the first period, the Oilers were trying to make their way out of their own zone and start their own attack. When the Oilers tried to leave the zone with a pass up the middle, Gallagher was having none of it.
He poached the pass, skated cleanly and attacked the Edmonton net and goalie Devan Dubnyk. Gallagher turned the corner and squared up to the Edmonton goalie, found a spot over his left shoulder and drove the puck to the upper corner of the net.
The Bell Center erupted with the goal and a 2-0 lead. While the Oilers would come back to win a 4-3 decision, Gallagher's goal was a beautiful piece of work.
3. Zidlicky with a blast
The slap shot can be an amazing weapon when a player has a chance to walk into it with full momentum and blast away at full speed.
That's just what New Jersey defenseman Marek Zidlicky did against the Boston Bruins Oct. 26. With the Devils trailing 3-2 late in the third period, the Devils had a two-man advantage and had also pulled goalie Martin Brodeur in an attempt to score the tying goal.
Zidlicky was at the right point, and he took a sharp pass from Patrik Elias. Because the Devils were in a 6-on-3 situation, Zidlicky took two strides in and let loose with a cannon of a slap shot.
The puck flew by screened Boston goalie Tuukka Rask for the tying goal. The Devils would follow up with another power play goal and they escaped Boston with a shocking 4-3 victory.
2. Ovie breakaway jolts Jets
Alex Ovechkin has been an unstoppable goal-scoring force since the midway point of the 2013 season. He was the league's leading goal scorer with 32 markers last year, and he has 10 already this season.
Ovechkin tormented the Winnipeg Jets with two goals in the Capitals' Oct. 22 road game in Winnipeg. His first was an absolute Ovi special.
With the Caps trailing 2-1 in the second period, Ovechkin took off on a breakaway after taking a pass just after leaving his own zone.
Ovechkin sped in on Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec, and he put on a stellar deke and went to his backhand. That move opened up the net and Ovechkin labeled the shot high to the center of the net for the tying goal.
Ovechkin and the Capitals would leave Winnipeg with a 5-4 shootout victory.
1. Brodie with the winner
The Calgary Flames may be in a rebuilding year, but they have gotten out of the gate playing respectable hockey.
They traveled to Los Angeles Oct. 21 for a tough game with the high-powered Los Angeles Kings. The Flames played free and easy most of the night, and they extended the Kings for 60 minutes.
Late in the third period with the score tied 2-2, the Flames went on the power play. In the final minute of the game, Jiri Hudler had the puck behind the Kings' net, and he feathered a pass to defenseman T.J. Brodie, standing at the right point.
Brodie was able to stride right into the puck and let go of a low blast. The puck found its way past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick for a 3-2 lead, and it gave the Flames a memorable victory.
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