Top 10 NHL Goals of October

Stefan KubusAnalyst IOctober 28, 2011

Top 10 NHL Goals of October

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    It's not hard to forget Alexander Ovechkin's famous goal from his rookie season, one that may be the best we will see for quite some time.

    With one month of the season in the books, already there have been so many dynamic plays made, from saves to goals to hits. Who made the highlight reels?

    Through October 27th, check out the top 10 NHL goals of October! These goals can speak for themselves, folks.

10. Vincent Lecavalier vs. Carolina

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    (From 10/7/11)

    This type of hand-eye coordination works about half of the time, so hats off to Vincent Lecavalier.

9. Frans Nielsen vs. Minnesota

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    (From 10/10/11)

    Mark Streit is one of the brightest passers in the game today. He made a very similar slap-pass to John Tavares for his second of three goals in a game later in the month. Great heads-up play here.

8. Ryan Smyth vs. Nashville

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    (From 10/17/11)

    It's great to see Edmonton Oilers veterans Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Smyth hook up for a beauty here.

7. Sean Bergenheim vs. Tampa Bay

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    (From 10/17/11)

    Sean Bergenheim makes former teammate Dwayne Roloson look silly here.

6. Simon Gagne vs. St. Louis

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    (From 10/18/11)

    Anze Kopitar made this exact same play succeed last year, when he flipped the puck to Kings captain Dustin Brown. Props to Simon Gagne for controlling this puck and then putting it past the goalie.

5. Tomas Plekanec vs. Winnipeg

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    (From 10/9/11)

    Tomas Plekanec makes a great effort on the penalty kill to tally a shorthanded goal for the Habs.

4. Harry Zolnierczyk vs. Ottawa

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    (From 10/18/11)

    Don't bother trying to pronounce his name. Just watch this beautiful goal, the first of his NHL career.

3. Claude Giroux vs. Boston

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    (From 10/6/11)

    Claude Giroux makes the Flyers look like pylons here with a great individual effort after a lead pass from Jaromir Jagr.

2. Marian Hossa vs. Anaheim

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    (From 10/25/11)

    The beauty of this play lies in Patrick Kane's playmaking abilities. He knows where Marian Hossa is before he makes the spin move, and he threads the needle perfectly.

1. Jamie Benn vs. Columbus

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    (From 10/18/11)

    It's hard to deny Jamie Benn this position. After receiving the pass just outside the Blue Jackets' offensive zone, he fights through four players, and then beats a fifth in goaltender Steve Mason to put the cherry on top. What a beauty.