Best of Radim Vrbata #1: When Sedinery Meets Vrbata-ry
When Sedinery meets Radim Vrbata’s magic, this happens. A behind-the-back, spin-o-rama, no-look Sedin magic that Vrbata snaps home in zero time. Wow, that is a Swede thing of beauty. Czech that out.
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The remarkable part of this goal, obviously, is the work that the Sedins to do dismantle the Edmonton Oilers’ penalty kill. Often gone unnoticed is how early in the season this goal comes.
This is just the second goal of the season for Vrbata in the second game of the season. This goal, another one that comes on the powerplay, is amazing considering how long these three had played together before the shift — not even half an hour together on the ice. For Vrbata to not let that pass go to waste as many other had in the years before him and as many others have ever since he left the Sedins — that is great understanding and chemistry.
And what is more important in a team sport like hockey than team chemistry? That is a sublime goal by Vrbata. The Canucks went on to take two points from the Oilers in a 5-4 shootout decision. Wonder why the Canucks can’t score four anymore…
And that, folks, concludes this compilation of the Best of Radim Vrbata. All the best to Vrbby as he attempts to get back to scoring forms for the upcoming 2016-17 season, one he will most likely not spend with the Vancouver Canucks organization.
Sure, the two-year contract that GM Jim Benning dished out to Vrbata may not have been the best one for the Canucks. But Vrbata sure made goal scoring a thing of beauty as a member of the Canucks organization. Farewell, Radim!