As one of North America’s premier professional sports leagues, the NHL is home to an abundance of tremendously talented and skilled athletes. Resulting from the dynamic abilities which the NHL and it’s players bring to the ice are a seemingly never ending source of sensational and breath taking plays.
The most popular and exciting of which are highlight real goals.
Whether it be one-handed, one on one or even one on five, NHL players use their abilities to score jaw dropping goals despite the various situations which they face.
The 2014-15 NHL season did not disappoint. In another campaign filled with tremendous plays and individual efforts, the NHL and it’s fans have yet again been fortunate enough to witness the fantastic works of truly unique individuals.
With that being said, here are 5 of the top goals in the 2014-15 NHL season.
In a game against the Montreal Canadiens, Tyler Ennis scores a tremendous goal using his elite speed. Although his initial drive to the net is foiled, he remains determined, beating Price on the rebound with an insane no-look backhand.
Although he has lost his game somewhat since joining the Ottawa Senators, Bobby Ryan showed a glimpse of his former 30 goal scoring self in a game earlier this season against the Los Angeles Kings. In an amazing individual effort, Ryan collects the puck in the neutral zone before gaining the Kings zone. Challenged by Kings defender Brayden McNabb, Ryan pulls of a slick move and dangles the defender before beating goaltender Jonathan Quick with a stellar backhand deke.
Vlad Tarasenko is arguably one of the most entertaining and exhilarating players in the NHL today. At the age of 23, Tarasenko scored 37 goals this past season and led his team in scoring in his third NHL season. Despite his lack of experience, Vlad has cemented his perception as one of the most dynamic and electrifying players in the game. His wicked release and exceptional speed make Tarasenko a threat virtually every shift. He scored a couple of amazing goals this season, however this is by far the best.
P.K Subban is one of the NHL’s most exciting young superstars. At the age of 23, Subban won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman, however, now aged 25, Subban recently set a new career high in points with 15 goals and 60 points. There is no fear in P.K’s game, as he is always willing to rush the puck and jump into the rush if he feels it could warrant a scoring chance. On this particular play, Subban exits the penalty box just as his Canadiens teammates are able to clear their own zone. After beating Tyson Barrie in a race for the puck, Barrie stumbles, allowing Subban to take his time in front of the net, where he eventually dekes out goaltender Calvin Pickard for an amazing goal.
Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers is well known throughout the NHL for his silky mitts, while he is also one of the league’s top right wingers. At the age of 24, Eberle is a former 30 goal scorer who not only can score, but is also a tremendous playmaker. On this occasion, Eberle showcased his amazing hands once again, this time at the expense of Antti Niemi and the San Jose Sharks. After receiving a pass from Taylor Hall, Eberle pulls of a fantastic toe drag around Patrick Marleau before heading towards the net. Eberle displays tremendous patience, outwaiting Niemi before making a quick move to his backhand, sending the puck into the empty cage.
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Brett Slawson is a four-year veteran of The Hockey Writers who covers the Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL prospects, and the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads.
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