Best of Radim Vrbata #5: Remember me?
This is a “remember me” on two accounts and a great goal too. Firstly to the Arizona Coyotes — the old man hasn’t forgotten his old team. After years of being the Coyotes’ best sniper, Vrbata responded with his best goal of the 2015-16 season.
And yes. The city of Vancouver had nearly forgotten that Radim Vrbata could score. This was also a reminder to Vancouver that the ancient #17 could still pull his favourite forehand-backhand move. Of course, it had to come a week after the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline that saw nothing happen aside from the Edmonton Oilers claiming forward Adam Cracknell.
This goal makes the list as it shows the best of Vrbata in the 2015-16 season with his signature move at full speed. He split the defence beautifully and broke Louis Domingue‘s bid for the shutout.
After Vrbata’s goal to cut Arizona’s lead in half, the Canucks went on to score two more unanswered, including Markus Granlund‘s overtime winner to take it 3-2 in extra time. Vrbata recorded four shots and finished the night with 2:33 of power play time.
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