Goal of the Century … so far

Yes, Andrei Kostitsyn scored a beauty last night.

But Rick Nash potted one for the ages. Check it out on YouTube and click on a few different versions.

At full speed against two good defencemen, forehand to backhand to forehand to backhand, then loses the puck on the goalie’s stick check and gets it back off his skate to his forehand.

Unbelievable.

48 Comments

  1. The Teacher says:

    He IS a laff fan, don’t you know? every win is cause for carrying a tin-foil cup down Yonge or Bay Street?

    you can tell he is not too familiar with Montreal fans.

  2. Chuck says:

    Technically, this is only the ninth year of this century. :)
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    “A banner for Vezina must hang from the rafters!”

  3. TommyB says:

    As a regular reader and poster on this site…I cannot say that I have seen many (if any), posters claiming we are on the way to a Stanley Cup this year. You clearly mistake enthusiasm for one’s favorite team, as blind fanticism.

    Only a monkey in a cage, rattling the bars, would not be able to see that.

  4. TommyB says:

    Owen Nolan??? Let’s hope not! This dinosaur is a dud, complete with a history of health problems (back, I believe). I can’t see where or why he’d crack the Habs lineup. On a team that is going with youth, Nolan can’t seriously be considered. You’d be better off to stay with Ryder and lose him for nothing, compared to what Nolan would bring to the table.

  5. The Teacher says:

    YAWN,

    you know what is so appropriate about this guy?

    He’s just giving us more laughs from the Laff organization.

  6. HABZ 24 says:

    goal of the century? geez im not that old or researched every hi-lite real over the last 100 years.who has.so far this year,id give 1-nash’s goal 2-toews 3- kosnitzy’s 4-koveys empty netter,ya sure.

  7. Ian G Cobb says:

    Yup it sure was a great goal, but goal of the century ? I suppose it depends on how many goals you have seen in this century. I’m just about that old, and i,ve seen my share of coast to coast goals. My favorite goals are high tempo, three way passing plays. And i have seen a few of them also.

    That is why so many people love this beautiful game. There are so many aspects and points of view for all of us to be passionate about.

    Mine work best for me, grab a few for yourself and enjoy our differences !

  8. Ian G Cobb says:

    OK now, i was on firefox, went back to my reg. page and i got it there.

  9. Ian G Cobb says:

    Good morning boys and girls, I need from someone, a little training on how to get to see this goal. I clicked on and the page comes up , i clicked on the picture of nash to download, and nothing. i have all the stuff i need here, i just don’t know what to click on? HELP !

  10. idle says:

    He won’t even know what hit him…

  11. idle says:

    Damn, there goes the National coverage… Probably they will go back with the Leafs now…

  12. 46_14_27 says:

    Now that I have my rant out of my system, Nash’s goal will be hard to beat. TSN showed it again this morning from above and it looks 100 X more amazing. He completely baffled two great NHL defensemen. Lemieux would have been hard pressed to pull that off (arguably the best 1 on 1 / 2 / 3 in the history of the game). That said, if he doesn’t score on that play, no one would remember it cause it wouldn’t get the air time.

    Habs Forever

  13. 46_14_27 says:

    How come none of my posts make it to print?
    Seems unfair that you guys get to pick what comments people get to read.

  14. Infanteer says:

    Ladies and “gentlemen,”

    Give credit where credit is due. Why even debate whether Ovechkin’s or Nash’s goals were “luckier?” Does it not strike you that you’re referring to two of the most offensively gifted players in the game? It’s like saying Gretzky was “lucky” to score 92 goals in one season.

    Nash’s goal, Nash’s stickhandling, was perhaps the prettiest the game has ever seen. End of argument. If you can’t see that, perhaps you should remove your Habs Red tinted glasses.

  15. Mike says:

    i know this is not the right place to mention this. But with all the ryder tangury rumours going around, i believe its appropriate to say that the most realistic person gainey is looking at is owen nolan. Just out of curiousity, can anyone tell me how much he is making and his career stats?

  16. Mr.Hazard says:

    lol, I just finished watching it over and over again on Youtube… I was so excited abot AK46′s…

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  17. yukonhab says:

    SAG…….thanks for the Kovy Show

    The Man IS the Wizzard

  18. Ryan says:

    I still like Nash’s World Championship goal.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoblXY5AHUc

    Either way, the one last night was nice, and Ak’s was a beauty.

  19. Mattee. says:

    This is a tough one. Between Nash, Toews and Kostitsyn i’d have to say Toews wins. Nash would have taken it had he not gotten poke checked and lost momentary control. K1′s was beautiful and even more so because he was wearing the bleu-blanc-rouge. But Toews’s goal was simply the best because he split two D while coming in from the side boards and being chased by a third man, then drags, dekes the goalie’s pants off and finishes nicely.

    Also, the goalie happened to be Theodore, so umm, you know… :)

  20. vic says:

    Crosby has a high ankle sprain

  21. sag says:

    Kostitsyn’s goal was better than Nash’s…control matters when considering goals of the century! Speaking of control check out this Kovalev fans:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI7KeY-DmNU&feature=related

    Kent Neilson eat your heart out!

  22. Yeats says:

    OK, I’m motivated now gang. I’m gonna score the “Goal of the Century” at pickup on Sunday morning. It might very well be on my own goaltender, but I have a better chance of surprising him than the other team’s kicker.

  23. StillattheMapes says:

    Hey,

    By the time I can comment on anything, I guess that I am old and in an hub-airport………

    Everyone could argue about the better of these two amazing goals, this or that. I liked our boy’s because he decided to go and Nash played the off-balance backing and a skate blade + rut (backing up), but at this level of skill and speed, who could really say. Well, I have. Hmmm. Wonderful. A real pleasure to watch with the continuing lumber. And so, despite what we would say or admit, we would need a player. A chappee sort of (say) in a Chris Nilan way. You know, a waaay mean hockey player who scores. Like Chris Simon in prime, forget the s…… Nilan is (was) better.
    He was a good player.

    Meanwile, I will only say that my absolutely fav habs goal came off the stick of my very fav habs player. Maybe the best Habs game ever. Just when they were getting tired of being on top one more time, down, a little time, from no where Lemaire to No. 10 (50ft?), and I have always felt sorry for Gilles Gilbert (sp) Boston Bruins, he was at least 40 ft from the net close to the circle to cut the angle but nothing was stopping that shot. Absolute laser.

    Don Cherry has always traded on that game and all that happened after. He always says, he always signals. Just watch the game, maybe, perhaps, and it is absolutely the best hockey you will ever see. No helmets, no quarter. Shit they were good, both.

    Cherry didn’t actually blow it and I kinda like him for the story. He knew. He tried to down-play it and Ti-Guy would have scored that goal anyways, Cherry was doomed, our 10 was C-almighty. I mean there was no way that 10 would not score. And he did! This was our Venezia, our very own City State of Montreal in constitutional crisis as our Forum would say. What a game, the Big Three were amazing and the Enemy were really, really, good. Jean Ratelle, Rick Middleton, Brad Park, and the big clods including Milbury and Big 24 ….. The Sign of the Four was absolutely made by a brilliant goal by Lafleur.

  24. showey47 says:

    Looks like we won’t see crosby tomorrow night, he left tonights game with what is being described as a high ankle sprain. If this report is true, he is gonna be out for at least a month

  25. Bean says:

    Here’s the YouTube link to AK46′s goal . . . ya know, for comparison’s sake!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahPGO8iuMvM
    :D

    I agree Nash caught a break when the puck came back to him but I think even if he hadn’t scored we’d be talking about that beauty play that came SOCLOSE to a goal.

    As for our own Kostitsyn, wow. Just, wow. Jaw-dropping. GO HABS GO.

  26. Sbah Reverof says:

    Nash’s goal is about a player barely maintaining control of the puck and his body while pirhouetting around two stunned defencemen, who figured “this can’t possibly continue”. Good on him.
    AK’s goal was precise, controlled and i think he knew exactly what he wanted to do from beginning to end; a beautiful example of puck-handling and skating mastery. Moloditz!
    Alex O’s goal was all those things put together, along with blind determination and sheer doggedness.
    You can’t teach that in school.

  27. Steve C. says:

    I know Lemieux’s goal wasn’t this century, but it may as well have been. and anyways….if we really look at it, the 21st century of hockey started after the lockout

  28. Steve C. says:

    Higgy 21,

    I guess they forgot about Mario Lemieux fighting off a check to barely manage flipping the puck between his own legs up over Kirk McLean, grazing is glove, and plopping into the net. even when Nash did that, when Vermette did that, when Malik* did that (in the shootout vs. Washington), and when many others did that, you can’t ignore Lemieux’s raw talent and power on that goal.

    *Most entertaining goal I’ve ever seen in regular season play because of the timing of the goal, the player shooting it, the move, and his reaction. Had to love his celebration when he simply raised is hand with the straightest face as if he had pulled off the easiest practice move done by a 6 foot (at least) 6 defenceman. imagine if that had been Chara.

    on another note, and most importantly, I’ve been looking for the Canadiens old penalty box song. remember at the Forum when Montreal would get a penalty and they would play this sad organ music? i wish i could find it and that i knew what it was. all i have are vivid images of Lyle Odelein going to the penalty box and hearing that song.

  29. Robert L says:

    Here’s a look at the Habs current standing and the schedule ahead.

    http://wwwrealitycheckeyesontheprize.blogspot.com/2008/01/where-canadiens-are-headed.html

  30. the_vipah says:

    This may seem a little less PC then you would like but….

    $%^& Crosby. I could care less what sort of health he is in. I am worried about my team (the habs) and thats it.

  31. Smart Dog says:

    Montreal has a great record in back-to-back games.

    It makes no difference, in fact you could argue that the team with more of them is more prepped. You could also argue that 12-year-old Leaf fans shouldn’t post here… but I digress, and wouldn’t want to join you.

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    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  32. Mike says:

    do u know what his payroll is. It might be worth it to trade ryder and a pick for him and a higher pick.

  33. Smart Dog says:

    It’s been five years since he scored 20 goals. Sure he’d add some grit and experience, but I’m not sure he’s a fit for points or style. I don’t know him that well though… so just tossing that out there.

    ________________________________________________________________
    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  34. Higgins21 says:

    Well Mike, as usual, you and I disagree. Toews has the goal of the year. Ovechkin has the goal of the century. Kostitsyn’s goal was close to Nash’s and in one way was actually better. Andrei handled the puck perfectly from beginning to end. Nash got lucky on the poke check by Phoenix’ goaltender. The puck popped up and struck him on the leg and fell perfectly back to his stick. Lots of skill-yes-but a large dose of luck.

  35. Cable Guy says:

    Nash’s goal was the best goal I have seen in years hands down. Andrei just split the defence.

  36. The Teacher says:

    Come on, Ovy’s goal was a fluke…seriously.

  37. habsfan reduxit says:

    … the best thing about it was the habs score displayed on the bottom screen ticker.

  38. Habs-Kat says:

    Shades of Gretzky.

  39. Higgins21 says:

    Fluke= lucky chance (definition according to Webster’s dictionary). Wasn’t it lucky that the puck bounced off Nash’s leg directly to his stick? Ovechkin shot the puck into the net while diving headlong. Which was the fluke?

  40. showey47 says:

    even though ovy’s goal was nice and probably very lucky it also looked like the goalie quit on the play as soon as ovy went down. Probably expecting a penalty or something, really it should of been an easy save

  41. Lafrich says:

    I disagree with you, Mike Boone.

    Although a very cool goal, Nash broke in on two defenders who were reeling, trying to get back, in disarray, etc… He pulled some beautiful moves, and the timing and situation was unreal, but I have to give the highlight of the night to Kostitsyn.

    He broke in 1 on 2 (Actually 4!), against 2 defencemen that were ready and waiting. He had complete control throughout, and his deke of the goalie in such tight quarters, at such a high speed, was insane.

    I have seen players pull moves against defencemen who are reeling, but the skill involved in Kostitsyn’s goal was way higher.

    Actually, Nash’s first goal of the night was nicer in some ways in my opinion. A goal created from nowhere.

    GO HABS GO!!

  42. Shiloh says:

    I disagree that Nash’s goal was better than Kostitsyn’s. Kostitsyn was in control the entire time – no lucky bounces.

    I wonder… if the Habs had Nash would he have to sit for 4 games while LaSlugesse dressed? Probably – because AK46 sat for 4 games and he’s about a hundred times the player that Billy Tenderness is.

    We will improve dramatically if Latendresse is sent to Hamilton – but don’t count on it.

  43. Higgins21 says:

    It’s just one of those things. Someone scores a nice goal in an American city and everyone jumps all over it like it’s the best thing since sliced bread but when the people who truly know have a look at it, they realize that it’s not so great after all. And the sportscasters who have been falling all over themselves with praise over the goal realize that they’ve gone too far but can’t retract or they’ll look bad.

  44. habsfan reduxit says:

    … yup!

  45. RH says:

    People love to argue, no question about that. Ovechkin’s goal, while sensational in itself, was indeed a fluke because he managed to get his stick on the puck and shoot it in the general direction of the net. Luckily, it went in. I would say Nash used his feet to keep the puck under control, thereby completing the play. He just made it look sooooo easy. Notice that neither of the defensemen, who were more than able to, didn’t try to obstruct Nash by taking the body. Sometimes it’s best to take the two and hope the penalty killers do the job. OV’s goal is STILL better by the way.
    One other thing, Nash must have some decieving speed, to go with his size because, to me, he always looks slow.

  46. Vancouver Hab Fan says:

    Kostitsyn’s goal last night was better than Nash’s; Nash lost the puck and got lucky. Both were very good goals but very much in line with countless good goals over the years or even in the last couple of years.

    Calling Nash’s goal the goal of the century is just ridiculous for many reasons, a significant one being the irrelevance of the game it was scored in (and as I stated earlier, in my opinion, it just wasn’t that great a goal).

    Go Habs!

    Go AK46!

    Go lil’SK74!


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