Best of Radim Vrbata #4: The Scorer’s Patience
Who thought the Sedins would need more patience on their line? Radim Vrbata, of course, in all his 2014-15 glory.
This goal, just like the one on our honourable mentions against the Edmonton Oilers how clinical of a finisher Vrbata can be, from set plays — and on the powerplay, too. It is just like watching soccer players score right off the corners or the free kicks. Vrbata waits in front of the net after a broken faceoff execution from the Sedins and shreds Antti Niemi and his netminder’s dignity into pieces.
This goal makes this list as it shows the true scorer’s patience. You can see Vrbata’s smooth footwork keep the lateral movement going to pull Niemi out of his socks while remaining in shooting position square to the net. That is how he was able to roof the shot past the defenceman trying to block the shot in the crease.
Talk about the assist, too. Great focus from Daniel Sedin to get the puck on Vrbata’s stick for his second goal of the night. The first? You saw that in our honourable mentions when he tucked the puck short side from behind Niemi’s net.
The Canucks went on to win 3-2. Eddie Lack was in net on that night, notching 38 saves on 40 shots on his way to a W. Oh, the glorious days when the San Jose Sharks were fifth in the Pacific Division standings!
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