Ahh, youth. When young guns come in and score really cool goals, it's bound to get the attention of the entire league, and four such goals have done exactly that over the past two weeks. While Vladimir Tarasenko was romping all over the tri-state area making New Yorkers' eyes pop, Seth Griffith went to Minnesota and did his Bobby Orr impression. Last night, Griffith followed that up with a ridiculous blue line shot block that turned into a goal just as crazy as Tarasenko's against the Rangers.
Who had the cooler pair of goals? Let's break it down. First up: Griffith.
It's Tuesday night, October 28. Boston vs. Minnesota. A sleepy mid-week game against a team no one likes, a team whose record at TD Garden would remain flawless through the end of tonight's game.
At 14:37 to go in the second period, Seth Griffith wakes the crowd up.
It's not as finesse-y as the other three goals in this series but it's still beautiful and that's what counts.
Last night, Griffith scored one that showed off his grit, heart, and puck handling skills. (GRIT!!) Watch him turn a blocked shot into magic, something that could bring a tear to your eye. It certainly brought tears to Devils fans, and that's never a bad thing. Griffith's goal ended up being the game-winner:
Filthy. Disgusting. Beautiful. It made Sportscenter; how could it not? A goal of the year candidate, for sure.
Unfortunately for Griffith, there's an enigmatic Russian out in the Western Conference that's giving him a run for his money in the fancy goals by kids sector. Enigmatic in that it's literally an enigma how he gets the puck in the net as amazingly as he does.
It's a Monday night game against the New York Rangers, a game that will end in a shootout with Tarasenko making Cam Talbot look absolutely silly. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
There's seven minutes gone in the second period, and Kevin Shattenkirk dishes the puck in the neutral zone to Tarasenko before heading to the bench, trusting Tarasenko to keep it out of the defensive zone long enough for him to get a change. Rather than dump it in, Tarasenko gets on his horse and does this:
My god. You can almost see Cam Talbot's eyes roll back in his skull as Tarasenko one-hands it around the pad Talbot hasn't sealed to the pole. How painful.
Three days later, he made Cory Schneider, two Devils defensemen, and Michael Ryder look absolutely stupid.
One thing's for sure: Cory Schneider must be having some pretty terrible nightmares this week.
So who's done it better - the little Canadian engine that could in Boston, or the Russian pride of St. Louis? And when these two teams show down a week from today, who will come out victorious?