Welcome to the playoffs, Minnesota!
The Wild have had an incredible season, and they've scored a lot of goals on the road to the post-season. This week, the team started the playoffs by beating the St. Louis Blues in the Game One. Since we only had one game to watch, this post will feature the three best goals from the entire season, not from the week.
This was a ridiculously hard decision to make, but the following three goals are the ones I thought stood out the most.
Goal Number 1: Charlie Coyle vs. Edmonton Oilers:
This goal was nothing short of amazing. Charlie Coyle stole the puck, fought off three Oilers to create a breakaway, and then reached around the net to pop the puck in at the last second. Even after watching this goal millions of times, I still can't figure out how Coyle managed to get the puck in the net. It just doesn't even seem possible. But I guess that's what makes it so amazing. Not to mention, this was a game-winning goal, which only makes it ten times better.
It must be the magical curls.
Goal Number 2: Marco Scandella vs. Nashville Predators:
Is this even hockey? I don't know. It looks more like figure skating combined with goal-scoring and amazingness. Marco Scandella isn't like, a Pierre-Marc Bouchard-sized guy, either. He's a large defenseman doing some very elegant goal-scoring. That's impressive.
I don't know how much more I can say about this goal. Just watch it and you'll understand why it's one of the prettiest of the year.
Goal Number 3: Jason Zucker vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Now this is how you return after an injury. In his first game back from a broken collarbone, Jason Zucker not only lit the lamp for Minnesota, but basically won the game for them.
Using his ridiculous speed, Zucker flies down the ice, receives a perfect pass from Chris Stewart, and buries the puck behind Corey Crawford. It might not be the most beautiful goal, but when you realize it's the goal that helped the Wild clinch a playoff spot, it's all that much better. Sometimes it's not about how amazing the pass or the goal itself is, it's about what that goal means. This goal by Jason Zucker is kind of like that, if you ask me.
Well there they are. A whole season of goals, whittled down to three amazing goals and compressed into one column. Hopefully the next few weeks of post-season hockey will bring us many more wonderful goals, and maybe even a Cup. Is that too much to ask for?