There were so many great goals this year it was difficult to whittle the must-see list down to a top 10. To keep it manageable, I omitted shootout goals and kept it to just the NHL, which kept my personal favorite - Jori Lehtera's ballsy and hilarious move from the KHL All-Star Game - off the list for a couple reason. But here it is, anyway...
Now, without further ado, here are the top 10 NHL goals of the year...
No. 10: Claude Giroux vs. Columbus, Dec. 19
No. 9: Shawn Matthias vs. Boston, Feb. 14
No. 8: Magnus Paajarvi vs. Colorado, Feb. 12
No. 7: Sidney Crosby vs. NY Islanders, May 9
No. 6: Eric Fehr vs. Boston, March 5
No. 5: Pavel Datsyuk vs. Nashville, Feb. 19
No. 4: Nick Foligno vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 3
No. 3: Corey Perry vs. NY Islanders, Dec. 9
No. 2: Zdeno Chara vs. Florida, Feb. 24
No. 1: Tomas Hertl vs. NY Rangers, Oct. 8
Edward Fraser, The Hockey News’ Managing Editor, joined THN in 2005 after covering the Jr. B Stratford Cullitons. The London, Ont., native graduated from the University of Western Ontario – where he did campus radio color commentary for both men’s and women’s hockey – with a Master’s in Journalism. He really, really hates the loser point.