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It's not often you see two unbelievable goals scored in a span of week, or even a month sometimes, but on Monday night, NHL fans were fortunate enough to witness two amazing individual efforts that resulted in goals.
In Anaheim, the ultra-talented Bobby Ryan caught a pass off the boards from teammate Teemu Selanne and snuck in behind the Edmonton defense. Ryan then raced in from the boards and as he made his deke to the backhand, Ryan was tripped up by defender Ryan Whitney. However, that did not prevent Ryan from roofing his shot past Nikolai Khabibulin for the gorgeous goal.
In Winnipeg, Chris Thorburn did his best to outshine Ryan's great goal. Known for his toughness, Thorburn decided to show off his speed and hands against the Sabres. Thorburn broke in against Buffalo defenseman Robyn Regehr and flashed some serious leg speed by taking him to the outisde. He then worked his way back towards the net and pulled off a quick toe-drag deke to avoid a poke-check attempt from Ryan Miller and was able to tap the puck in for a fantastic goal.
It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.
— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders