Ranking the Top 5 Goals from Week 8 of the 2013-14 NHL Season
The stars came out in the eighth week of the NHL season.
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are both represented in our weekly feature that looks at the best goals scored each week.
Both players demonstrated two of their best characteristics in the top goals of the week. Crosby showed his ability to go to the proper spot and execute the best shot possible in his top-ranked goal, while Ovechkin demonstrated his relentlessness in a goal that he scored against the St. Louis Blues.
Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Getzlaf and Max Pacioretty also showed off their immense skills in making this week's honor roll.
5. Landeskog with the Magic Touch
The Colorado Avalanche were determined to show the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks what all the fuss was about Nov. 19 in Denver.
The Avs have been one of the top stories throughout the first part of the season under rookie head coach Patrick Roy, and they came out firing on all cylinders in the first period.
After Paul Stastny gave Colorado an early 1-0 lead, Gabriel Landeskog scored a beauty when he made an artful tip on a long wrist shot by Andre Benoit that gave the home team control of the game.
Landeskog carried the puck into the Chicago zone and passed to Ryan O'Reilly. After holding on to the puck briefly, O'Reilly sent the puck to Benoit, who fired a shot on net.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford appeared to have it in his sights, but Landeskog's deflection put the puck in the back of the net and the Avs had a 2-0 lead on a stellar play by the Colorado trio.
4. Getzlaf Waits Until the Last Seconds
The Anaheim Ducks and the Tampa Bay Lighnting hooked up in a beauty at the Honda Center Nov. 22.
Both teams were on their game, but the Lightning could not solve Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller, while the Ducks could not dent Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop even though they put a fusillade of shots on him.
The game was scoreless after three periods, and it looked like the overtime would also be fruitless. However, Ryan Getzlaf got the puck in his own zone and raced up the left side as he came in on the Tampa Bay defense.
He fired a hard shot that Bishop stopped, but the goalie could not control the rebound. Getzlaf would not be denied—he found his rebound and jammed it into the net for the decisive goal with just 5.2 seconds remaining in overtime.
It was a remarkable display of will by the Ducks' star that paid off in a 1-0 victory.
3. The Great 8 Will Not Be Denied
Alex Ovechkin has looked like a man possessed throughout the early part of the season. He reached the 20-goal mark Nov. 23 in the Capitals' 2-1 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
However, he scored a classic goal Nov. 17 in the Capitals 4-1 home victory over the red-hot St. Louis Blues.
He took a hard shot off a faceoff win by Nicklas Backstrom that went wide of St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak. The puck eventually made it out of the offensive zone, but it came back to Ovechkin in the neutral area of the ice. He steamed back into the attack zone on the right wing and was not about to be denied.
He wound up and pounded a slap shot by Halak for a sweet goal that brought the Capitals' crowd to its feet.
2. Pacioretty Rings Up Fleury
The Montreal Canadiens have been a streaky team this season. They were on a two-game winning streak when the Pittsburgh Penguins came to the Bell Centre Nov. 23.
The Canadiens wanted to use the Penguins as a measuring stick, as do most Eastern Conference teams. Pittsburgh and Montreal battled through a scoreless first period, but Max Pacioretty was just getting warmed up.
He broke the scoreless tie early in the second period when he was cruising center ice as the Penguins prepared to come out of their own zone. Rookie defenseman Olli Maatta tried to make a cross-ice pass and Pacioretty picked it off with ease. He cruised into the Pittsburgh zone and measured his shot. He uncorked a wrist shot that went in off the far post for the first goal of the game in a 3-2 Montreal victory.
1. Crosby Ends Islanders' Comeback
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the ropes. After building a 3-1 lead over the New York Islanders Nov. 22 at the Consol Energy Center, the Islanders roared back and tied the score at 3-3.
The two teams appeared headed for overtime late in the third period when Sidney Crosby's line took the ice. Crosby sent the puck in deep and Pascal Dupuis went behind the net to fight for it.
Just as Dupuis was able to control the puck, he spotted an open Crosby on the opposite side of the net. Dupuis sent a smooth pass to Crosby, who quickly wristed the puck to the top of the net and by Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin.
The goal came with with 1:16 remaining in the period, and it gave the Penguins a 4-3 victory.
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