Corey Perry scored a goal from his knees last night that set the hockey world ablaze with goal of the year talk. Lost in the commotion was Daniel Winnik’s possible pass of the year from the same contest. With the Anaheim Ducks trailing by one after the midway point of the second period, Winnik found Andrew Cogliano with a backhand pass that is every bit as highlight-worthy as Perry’s goal.
The dish isn’t quite no-look since Winnik takes a peek over his shoulder and spots his open teammate, but he manages to put the puck through a very finite space to set up the goal. Three New York Islanders have a chance to stop that puck from getting through, and all three fail to get a piece of it.
Thomas Hickey can break the play up before it even starts, but fails to strip Winnik of the puck initially. With Hickey over-skating, it leaves the Duck plenty of time to glance over his shoulder and find an open Cogliano. Matt Martin drops to his knees to put his stick down on the ice while John Tavares backchecks, but doesn’t beat the pass across the slot.
The red light goes on, Anaheim ties the game and the Islanders would eventually go on to lose their 10th consecutive game.