The year is 2006 and Alex Ovechkin has just started what would be one of the most legendary careers in NHL history. Ovechkin was representing the Washington Capitals against the Phoenix Coyotes that night. While skating and maneuvering down the ice, Ovechkin secured the puck in the neutral zone and attempted to toe-drag his shot. However, Ovechkin's skate toe is picked, Ovechkin begins to fall and twirls around onto his back and manages to make the shot from the ground, beating goaltender Brian Boucher. This goal has been referred to as "The Goal" by fans of NHL ever since, but Ovechkin just deems the goal as a lucky but beautiful goal. This goal helped kick off an iconic players career in the NHL and the respect Ovechkin deserves as a player. This goal even made it into a super bowl commercial.
The Michigan goal was created back in 1996 by Mike Legg, a hockey player for the University of Michigan. Legg scored the goal during the 1996 NCAA Tournament and his stick was donated to the hockey hall of fame. This goal is a lacrosse style goal, where the player goes around the back of the goal, or crease, and shoots the puck backwards while moving forward. Although the goal was created back in '96, it took 23 years for anyone in the NHL to successfully complete it. Until 2019 when Andrei Svechnikov perfectly executed the goal for the Carolina Hurricanes during a game against the Calgary Flames. Svechnikov then executed the goal perfectly again against the Winnipeg Jets. This was deemed extra impressive because the second goal execution was against one of the best goaltenders of the 19-20 season, Connor Hellebuyck. Some have called this move "The Svech," and it has certainly made a name for Andrei Svechnikov in NHL history.
This goal took place during 1992 of Game 2 in the Stanley Cup Championship. Mario Lemieux was representing the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Minnesota North Stars, and would pull off one of his most iconic goals in NHL history. Lemieux began from the neutral zone and once he received the puck, began weaving past defenders and made it up to the goaltender, Jon Casey. Lemieux got the puck past Shawn Chambers' legs by deking, a move where a player draws out an defender to maneuver past them, in between them and finally Mario poke checked Casey and got the goal off of his backhand. This moment helped lead the Penguins onto victory when they finally won their first Stanley Cup ever. Lemieux also earned the Conn Smythe honors with 12 points in the final. There is also a plaque in Consol Energy Center commemorating the iconic goal.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were down 4-1 against the Chicago Blackhawks in 1992 during game one in order to eventually advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Nineteen year old Jaromir Jagr knew that his team needed help fast in order to make a quick comeback during the game. Jagr intercepted a clearing attempt made by the Blackhawk's Brent Sutter. Jagr then deked around Dirk Graham, around Sutter immediately after his failed clearing attempt, and finally around the third defender Frantisek Kucera. Jagr then used his incredible stick handling skills to beat Ed Belfour and made an incredible goal all by himself. Mario Lemieux called it one of the greatest goals he had ever seen, which is a big compliment considering Lemiuex's scoring history. This goal also helped kickstart the Penguins back to victory during the game, immediately after Jagr's goal Mario Lemieux scored with 15 seconds left to help the Penguins win the game.
Savard, a player for the Chicago Blackhawks, scored an incredible goal by deking 3 players on his own without the help of any other members of his team. Savard weaved around the Edmonton Oilers defensemen in 1988 and his final move was what really made this goal memorable. Savard passed the puck through seven time all-star defenseman Kevin Lowe of the Oilers and finally scored the goal. Savard broke a 3-3 tied game and scored on goaltender Grant Fuhr. This goal is an incredible reflection of what Savard did consistently for the Blackhawks, which was score amazing goals to bring his team to victory. During his 13 seasons with the Blackhawks, Savard had totaled 473 goals along with 1,338 points. Although his team failed to defeat the Oilers they did have an amazing skill matchup and battles throughout the many years against each other.
Unlike in basketball where a goal is called a basket, in the National Hockey League a goal is simply called a goal. Players can score a goal by shooting the puck into the net which is defended by a goalie or goaltender. The goal must cross the line and go in between the two posts where the goalie is defending in order for the goal to be scored and officially counted.
When three goals are scored in hockey this is called a "hat trick" by hockey fans. The term hat trick was popularized in the 1940s. When a player successfully pulls off a hat trick during a game, fans uphold a tradition where they will throw their hats onto the ice. This is especially true when a hat trick is completed at the home arena. A natural hat trick occurs when three goals are scored in a row by the same player.
During an ice hockey game, a player can successfully make a goal when they maneuver the puck around the defenders and shoot it past the goaltender. The puck must pass the line in between the two goal posts and below the goal bar at the top of the goal. A player must use their stick to shoot the puck into the goal and the goaltender must try to stop it from going into the goal.
In ice hockey, there are many different types of goals. There is: An even strength goal, a power play goal, a shorthanded goal, an empty net goal, a penalty shot goal, an awarded goal, an own goal, an overtime goal, a go-ahead goal, a game-tying goal, and a game winning goal. The most common type of goals in hockey are the strength and power play goals. The wrist shot tends to be the most successful type of shot in hockey as well.