It’s always somewhat of a shocker when defenseman Matt Greene finds the back of the net.
But, when he finds the back of the net from low in the offensive zone, saddled up on the back-door of the opposing goaltender’s crease?
Shut everything down.
Greene’s goals, which come few and far in between, usually culminate when the stay-at-home defensemen winds up from the blue line and fires a shot that finds its way through traffic.
That wasn’t the case on November 18, when Greene opened the scoring against the Florida Panthers at STAPLES Center.
With the game scoreless early in the second period, Anze Kopitar entered Florida’s zone and settled the puck down along the sideboards. As Kopitar shifted to the top of the zone to create space, Greene dropped down to open lanes for the Kings' star forward. Kopitar, with space up top, fed Brayden McNabb across the point, who then spotted Greene in a very unfamiliar – but very prime position.
McNabb delivered a shot/pass to Greene, who was all alone on the back-door; Greene, with a quick change of angle to his stick, deflected the puck past Roberto Luongo to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.
Facial expressions can serve as the symbol to many thoughts; so, what was going through Greene’s head when he gave that flabbergasted look to the cameras after his goal?
Greene is no stranger to making his face the story of a game. On March 9, 2009, he blocked a shot with his face with seconds remaining in regulation to help the Kings to hold on to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Whatever it takes, man.