Senators Winger Clarke MacArthur Goes Between the Legs for Assist of the Year

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterNovember 21, 2013

The season is young, but Clarke MacArthur might have already tallied up the most amazing assist you’ll see in the NHL this year.

The Ottawa Senators winger managed to slip an incredible between-the-legs pass through the Minnesota Wild defense Wednesday night, and the result was points on the board.

This moment of magic was spotted by Mike Brehm of For The Win, and it’s probably the prettiest thing you’ll see on ice this week.

MacArthur’s pass came early in the first period with the game still scoreless. The winger had gathered up a loose puck and was facing down Wild defenseman Ryan Suter when he tried something tricky.

Dropping the puck back between his legs, MacArthur slipped a pass in front of the net to Kyle Turris, who capitalized on the opportunity.

The shorthanded rush was a thing of beauty, especially because the window of opportunity for MacArthur’s pass was absurdly small. One inch either way, and the puck would’ve hit a skate or been intercepted. 

A GIF of the pass was crafted by @CJZero.

It’s a moment that deserves to be watched again and again.

This wasn't the first occasion of between-the-legs heroics this year, however. That distinction belongs to San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl, who scored on an outrageous between-the-legs score as part of a four-goal effort against the New York Rangers earlier this season.

Not bad for a 19-year-old. 

Unfortunately for MacArthur, however, the Senators would go on to fall to the Wild 4-3.

It’s all right, Clarke. At least you made the highlight reel.

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