What’s better than making one defender look silly for a highlight reel goal? Making two defenders look silly for a highlight reel goal and deking out the first one from your knees.
Slovak Extraliga’s Gabriel Spilar, who plays for his hometown HC Kosice, did just that Sunday when he slipped by two MsHK Zilina defenders with a pair of slick moves and finished it off with a seeing-eye wrister that found the back of the net. Were this to happen in the NHL, it’d be on every highlight reel for the next decade.
Believe it or not, the goal was only the 12th of Spilar’s season in 40 games. There’s a good chance he – just like the defenders he turnstiled – couldn’t believe what was happening. One would expect Spilar to go wild after scoring such a goal, but the nonchalant celebration is perfect.
The 34-year-old winger has played over 550 games in Slovakia and has tallied 149 goals and 356 points in his professional career. Surely, however, no goal was quite as nice as this.