NHL Video: Thomas Vanek and the Top 5 Goals of Last Week

Zach VanderbergCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2011

NHL Video: Thomas Vanek and the Top 5 Goals of Last Week

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    With only less than 15 games left in the NHL season, goals are starting to mean more than ever. However, that certainly doesn't mean they can't be pretty.

    Hockey is, without a doubt, the best sport for highlights, and nothing looks better than a beautiful goal. And with it being this close to playoff time, the emotion in the game is at it's season-high.

    These are the top five goals of last week.

Brooks Laich, March 15

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    This one is truly a thing of beauty. After receiving a breakout pass from defenseman Karl Alzner, Brooks Laich finds himself staring down with mammoth defenseman Hal Gill.

    However, Laich turns on the jets and proves that size doesn't matter. He smokes Gill and even manages to stiff arm him as he then undresses Carey Price to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead.

Artem Anisimov, March 18

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    The Canadiens find themselves the victim once again here. In a game that would eventually prove to be a high scoring affair, Anisimov puts up the first tally.

    The Canadiens come in on a rush, and after a shot goes wide, the puck cycles back to Yannick Weber at the point. Anisimov stands up and blocks the shot, and the ensuing bounce sends him on a breakaway.

    With plenty of time, Anisimov is able to put a couple of fakes on Carey Price and put a perfect backhander past him.

Thomas Vanek, March 13

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    Here we come to the namesake of our list. With leading scorer Derek Roy out since game 35, Thomas Vanek has stepped up and is leading the Buffalo Sabres back to the playoffs after a slow start to the season.

    Here, in a game against the Senators, he takes over the puck just outside the Sabres zone and works his magic. He stiff-arms Ryan Potulny away in his attempt to check him and skips the puck past defenseman Chris Phillips in the Senators zone.

    Now one-on-one with Craig Anderson, he freezes him with his signature breakaway move before wristing the puck past him.

Luke Schenn, March 19

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    Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn is hardly known for his goal scoring ability, with only four tallies on the season. He is more known for his strength and hitting ability than for having soft hands.

    In this video, however, he surprises the hockey world by using both.

    Schenn starts this gorgeous end to end rush in his own zone, crossing the neutral zone and surprising Bruins defender Adam McQuaid. Schenn burns McQuaid and uses his forehand to tuck the puck neatly behind goaltender Tim Thomas.

Lauri Korpikoski, March 13

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    Korpikoski has been a very nice surprise for the Coyotes, who are contending yet again out west. With only five goals and 11 points last season, "Korpedo" has tallied an impressive 17 goals and 34 points, actually leading the Coyotes in goals.

    Here, Todd Marchant fans on the puck attempting to clear it out of the Ducks zone, and Korpikoski capitalizes on it. He takes over the puck and makes a quick move to skip it past Marchant. He then swings past defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and quickly wrists it past a helpless Dan Ellis.