Ranking the Top 5 Goals from Week 7 of the 2013-14 NHL Season
Tyler Seguin's world was thrown for a loop on the Fourth of July.
Instead of enjoying an Independence Day celebration in his adopted hometown of Boston, the young star got the shock of his life when the Bruins traded him to the Dallas Stars.
Seguin was the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft and appeared to be the team-oriented Bruins' superstar of the future.
However, Seguin had endured an ordinary 2013 season after leading the Bruins in scoring the year before. Then he went though a dreadful postseason in which he scored just one goal. His many near-misses—especially in the Stanley Cup Final against Chicago—played a big role in Boston falling short of winning its second Stanley Cup in three years.
Seguin had to make a big adjustment and go from a Stanley Cup contender to a rebuilding franchise.
He took a deep breath and started working hard, as he has gotten off to a sharp start with 12 goals and 10 assists in his first 19 games in Dallas.
Seguin had a remarkable four-goal game on Nov. 14 against the Calgary Flames. Read on to see where that performance ranked in the NHL's best goals of the week.
5. Grabovski Sends It to Overtime
The Washington Capitals found themselves in a dogfight with Columbus when the Blue Jackets came to the Verizon Center on Nov. 12.
With the scrappy Blue Jackets ahead 3-2 lead late in the third period, Washington head coach Adam Oates was casting an eye towards goalie Braden Holtby and getting ready to pull him for an extra attacker.
However, Mikhail Grabovski made that unnecessary. The Capitals worked the puck around smoothly in the Columbus zone. Mike Green passed the puck to Jason Chimera, who wasted no time in shooting the puck.
Chimera's shot fell short of the mark, but Grabovski picked it up and beat Sergei Bobrovsky with a bullet of a wrist shot that sent the game to overtime. Washington would eventually win it in the extra session on a goal by Alex Ovechkin.
That was the decisive goal, but Grabovski's tying marker was the work of art.
4. Spezza Converts Karlsson's Pass
The Ottawa Senators were a determined bunch when the Boston Bruins came north of the border on Nov. 15.
The Sens were coming off a humiliating 5-0 home defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers and were looking at the Bruins as a team they could regain their pride against.
The defending Eastern Conference champions were 4-0-1 in their previous five games, and they jumped out to a 2-0 lead against the Sens.
While Ottawa got a goal back before the end of the first period, the Sens still trailed by a goal at the start of the third frame. The Bruins can normally lock down a lead in the final 20 minutes, but Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza were having none of it.
Milan Michalek controlled the puck in the Boston zone and passed it to Karlsson at the right point. The best offensive defenseman in the league spotted Spezza standing to the left of Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. He fired a hard slap pass to Spezza, who wasted no time wristing the puck into the net for the tying goal.
That goal lit the fuse for Ottawa, which went on to record a 4-2 victory.
3. Voracek Gives the Flyers a Laugher
Few teams have been more disappointing this year than the Philadelphia Flyers.
While they had aspirations of challenging the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division at the start of the season, the Flyers have been unable to play consistently and goals have been hard to come by.
However, the Flyers looked like a different team when they traveled to the Canadian Tire Centre on Nov. 12, playing their best game of the year against the Ottawa Senators.
The Flyers clicked on offense, defense and special teams, as they rolled to a 5-0 road win. Jakub Voracek scored two goals for the Flyers and his second goal of the game midway through the second period was a beauty that came on the power play.
Claude Giroux had the puck and passed it to Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds had his back to Voracek, but feathered the puck directly to the tape of the right wing's stick. Voracek had time and space, and he fired it by Craig Anderson for a sterling snipe.
The goal allowed the struggling Flyers to breathe easy for one of the few times this season.
2. Hossa Works His Magic
The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are once again a powerful team.
They are having a stellar regular season and it seems likely that they will be at or near the top of the Central Division when the playoffs get underway.
Good teams often need to find motivation, though. The Blackhawks had plenty when the Phoenix Coyotes came to the United Center on Nov. 14.
The Coyotes had won their last six games at the United Center, including all three in their 2012 playoff series. The Blackhawks were sick of the Phoenix dominance and quickly opened a 2-0 lead. However, the Coyotes had plenty of fight and tied the score at 2-2 late in the first period.
Marian Hossa took matters into his own hands early in the second. Hossa and the Blackhawks were on the power play and he moved smoothly into the Phoenix zone after taking a pass from Jonathan Toews.
Hossa fired a quick shot from the left side that goalie Mike Smith stopped, but the goalie could not control the rebound. Hossa skated past Keith Yandle and gathered the puck. He quickly tucked the puck past Smith for an artful goal that gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.
They would go on to win the game 5-4 in a shootout and end the Coyotes' dominance in Chicago.
1. Seguin Has a Night to Remember
The Dallas Stars knew they were the better team when they took the ice in Calgary against the rebuilding Flames in Calgary on Nov. 14.
The Stars had won four of their last five games and were developing serious chemistry under head coach Lindy Ruff.
No two players had more of that element than captain Jamie Benn and the explosive Tyler Seguin. Both of their talents were on display in this game, as Benn had six points (one goal and five assists) while Seguin scored four goals and added an assist.
It was the second hat trick of Seguin's career and his first in a Dallas uniform. His fourth and final goal was a thing of beauty.
With the Stars on the power play late in the third period, Seguin positioned himself down low and took a shot that was blocked by the Calgary defense. It ended up on Benn's stick, and he made an easy pass to a wide-open Seguin.
The former Bruin took his time, picked his spot over Calgary goalie Karri Ramo's left shoulder and finished. The puck was in the net in an instant and Seguin had the first four-goal game of his career.