NHL Video: The 20 Sickest Goals of the 2010-2011 Season So Far

Matthew FairburnCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2011

NHL Video: The 20 Sickest Goals of the 2010-2011 Season So Far

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23: Jordan Eberle #14 of the Edmonton Oilers controls the puck against Mechal Handzus #26 of the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 23, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    The 2010-2011 NHL season has provided an astounding number of highlight reel goals by some of the games most prolific scorers both young and old.

    Talented young players and a new, faster brand of hockey have led to more open ice and some dazzling maneuvers through the offensive zone in recent seasons.

    This list of the 20 best goals of the 2010-2011 season contains goals from players of all types of skill sets.

    From the danglers like Marion Gaborik and Claude Giroux to the sturdy defensemen like Brent Burns, this list has it all.

    So sit back and enjoy this video review of the season's best goals to date.

    (Note: This list does not include penalty shot goals and the goals have been ranked based on style points, as well as how clutch the goal was.)

20. Andrei Kostitsyn, 10-13-10

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    This is an impressive play from the get go. Tomas Plekanec forces a turnover and gets some separation from the defense and proceeds to find Andrei Kostitsyn crashing hard to the net.

    Kostitsyn proceeds to make the goaltender look foolish with an incredible deke.

19. Brent Burns, 10-16-10

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    It is always impressive to see a defenseman step up in the play and put the puck in the back of the net. It is even more impressive when a guy with such a great two-way game, such as Brent Burns, can pull off a move like this one.

    Certainly not the most impressive goal in terms of creating a play on his own, but this is an impressive finish for a blue liner.

18. Radim Vrbata, 10-9-10

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    Radim Vrbata wasted no time making the highlight reel.

    Phoenix's first goal of the 2010 season was of the spectacular variety as he turned a bouncing rebound into an easy goal displaying both hand-eye coordination and great reaction skills.

17. Nikolai Zherdev, 10-26-10

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    Nikolai Zherdev made the Buffalo Sabres look clueless and inept on this tremendous individual effort.

    In addition to the incredible dangles Zherdev performed, he unleashed a "wicked wrister" right into the top shelf. Picture perfect.

16. Evgeni Malkin, 10-18-10

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    Look a the effort by Evgeni Malkin on this play. It was as if he was the only one that wanted to get to that lose puck, and he buried it on a classic diving play.

15. Nicklas Lidstrom, 11-21-10

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    Nicklas Lidstrom had plenty of help setting up this beauty of a goal, but it was a wonderful finish in an overtime setting by a player who does not get to step into the offense too often.

14. Raffi Torres, 11-2-10

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    Raffi Torres had no business getting to this loose puck, let alone putting it into the top corner.

    There was certainly a bit of luck involved, but Torres was rewarded for his hard work.

13. Claude Giroux, 10-7-10

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    Claude Giroux is no stranger to the highlight reel with his combination of stick skills and a lightning-quick release.

    On this play, Giroux lucks into a turnover and makes the Penguins pay by dragging and dangling a defender all the way to the net before schooling Marc-Andre Fleury.

12. Jeff Skinner, 10-29-10

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    I'm a sucker for a well-executed leg lift.

    Skinner not only froze a gold medal-winning goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist, but he finished him off with an impressive backhander. This goal was a work of art.

11. Bryan Little, 10-27-10

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    Bryan Little looked like he was playing pond hockey on this goal. He goes coast to coast taking on three defenders himself. Nobody had a chance of stopping Little on this play.

10. Marian Hossa, 10-18-10

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    Marian Hossa goes both between the legs and no look on this goal. This is why you never give up on the play, boys and girls.

9. Derek Roy, 10-8-10

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    Derek Roy started the season off right for the Buffalo Sabres.

    It appeared as though Roy had no chance of getting that puck to the net, but he somehow wheeled his way through a pair of defenders and gave the goaltender no chance.

8. T.J. Oshie, 10-14-10

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    Another perfectly executed leg lift to backhand combination here.

    T.J. Oshie fits this backhander into such a tight spot after leaving the defenders in the dust.

7. Dustin Byfuglien, 10-29-10

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    Dustin Byfuglien forgot he was playing defense for a second here, taking the puck coast to coast and finishing for an overtime winner.

    Bonus points for this one being in overtime, and bonus points for a coast to coast rush by a defenseman.

6. Henrik Sedin, 1-20-11

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    Is there anything more graceful than the connection between the Sedin brothers?

    Daniel sets up the play with outstanding vision and speed, and Henrik finishes with a jaw-dropping move on the goaltender.

5. Henrik Zetterberg, 11-21-10

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    Arguably the best goal of the season thus far, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg connected on a buzzer-beating thriller against the Flames.

    Pavel Datsyuk deserves most of the credit for this goal. The game looked like it was over until Datsyuk emerged from three defenders with the puck and dished a perfect pass to Zetterberg, who buried the game winner.

4. Marian Gaborik, 1-19-11

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    Marian Gaborik started off his four-goal evening last week with an unbelievable display of dangling in close to the goal. 

    Gaborik proceeded to bury three more goals in this contest as the Rangers smoked the Maple Leafs.

3. Alexander Burmistrov, 11-19-10

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    The stop and start Alexander Burmistrov put on that defender was unfair. The move he finished with was even more unfair.

2. Thomas Vanek, 11-13-10

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    Tomas Vanek never ceases to amaze.

    Big time players make big time plays in big time moments. Words cannot describe how incredible this goal was.

1. Jordan Eberle, 10-7-10

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    Welcome to the big leagues, Jordan Eberle.

    The Oilers' rookie winger scored his first career goal in his very first game and did so in stunning fashion.

    Eberle's first career goal was an amazing shorthanded effort, in which he displayed one of the most pristine toe drags I have ever laid eyes on, and was able to place the puck where momma keeps the cookies. What a way to start a career.