- Craig Custance
The other goals that Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk mentioned as standouts in his career certainly were prettier.
For instance, his shootout goal that helped Team USA win the bronze last year in the World Championships.
Legend has it that he asked to be sent out again in that shootout, showing the kind of confidence you have to admire from a 19-year-old playing on an international stage. In the game-winning shootout attempt, he skated down with a good pace on Finland’s Antti Raanta, making a couple quick dekes before burying a forehand.
It was an impressive blend of skill and confidence and at least planted the seed that the Americans might want to bring this kid to Sochi.
His game winner against the New York Rangers on Thursday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals? Not necessarily a blend of confidence and skill. Asked to describe it after the game, he couldn’t.
“I have no idea what happened,” he said, to laughs. “I was going to the net ... it bounced off my stick or hit me, and it went in.”
Good things happen when you go to the net, such as scoring a goal that can transform a series that was on the brink of ending before it really began. (After the Canadiens' 3-2 win Thursday, they trail the Rangers 2-1 in the series.) And with any luck for Galchenyuk, it’s the goal that gives him a boost in his return from injury.