In a wild night of NHL action where Alex Ovechkin scored four goals and the Chicago Blackhawks posted six against the Dallas Stars, Cam Atkinson’s four-point effort against the New Jersey Devils was lost in the noise. He scored two solid goals last night though, and one in particular was impressive.
The best goal scorers at the NHL level have an ability to disappear out on the ice, taking up open ice where defenders aren’t looking and not popping out until it’s too late. Atkinson took dissipating to a new level in front of Martin Brodeur though. With the Columbus Blue Jackets looking for the equalizer in the second period, the puck ends up behind New Jersey’s net.
Brandon Dubinsky puts on a stop-and-go clinic with the biscuit, and eventually it seems like every Devils player is just staring at him as he skates back and forth behind the cage. This gives Atkinson all the time in the world to post up not once, not twice but three times before finally receiving a pass and burying it.
That’s some horrendous defense by the Devils. When Dubinsky makes his last cutback, all five New Jersey players are to the left of Brodeur. Atkinson is just chilling on the left post, waiting for the feed and he makes no mistake with it.