Why go through a defense when you can go over it? Conor Sheary clearly subscribes to this theory.
The Pittsburgh Penguins forward pulled off a stunning lob pass to spring teammate Derick Brassard for a breakaway goal in the first period of their game against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena.
Sheary fielded a pass from Phil Kessel his own blue line and lifted a pass over Flyers defenders Ivan Provorov and Valtteri Filppula. Brassard strided past both, retrieved the pass and didn't miss, beating Flyers goalie Alex Lyon.
It's just the latest in a string of improbable and memorable alley-oop style plays. Adam Henrique of the Anaheim Ducks went with the self-alley-oop against his former team, the New Jersey Devils, on Dec. 17.
But it was also reminiscent of an alley-oop play executed by Sheary's teammates last March, when Kessel and Patric Hornqvist converted for a Penguins goal during a game against the Florida Panthers.