Sonny Milano scored his first of the season Wednesday, and it was the goal of the year so far.
The Columbus Blue Jackets forward scored a highlight-reel, between-the-legs goal that became the game-winner in their 3-2 vicory against the Dallas Stars.
Milano fielded a pass from Jakob Lilja at the Stars blue line, then put the puck through Roope Hintz's legs while moving in on goal. Hintz and teammate Esa Lindell hawked Milano, but he beat Ben Bishop by putting the puck between his legs and whipping a shot over the goalie's stick.
"It was the best angle to get it on net, and it went in," Milano said. "I was thinking maybe backhand, but [went] through the legs."
Even Bishop could appreciate Milano's effort.
"It's a really skilled play," Bishop said. "You don't like being on the other end of it, but sometimes you have to tip your hat. It's an impressive goal."
The goal fired up the Columbus bench and captured the attention of fans on social media. New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo was among those impressed.