On Tuesday evening against the Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk did what he seemingly does better than anybody in the National Hockey League: he scored a slick tip-in goal.
His goal, Calgary’s fourth in a 5-1 victory, punctuated a superb rush play by the Flames’ top line.
A bunch of things happen fairly quickly in the lead-up to the goal being scored:
  • Florida’s Aleksander Barkov fires a shot from the right wing that misses the Flames net entirely, glances off the plexiglass, and bounces into the neutral zone.
  • Johnny Gaudreau notices the puck’s trajectory and races towards it, beating out Florida’s Brandon Montour and entering the offensive zone with it. Gustav Forsling is also defending a few feet away, while Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm both enter the zone behind Gaudreau.
  • Gaudreau passes the puck to Lindholm, who’s pursued by Forsling. Tkachuk cuts towards the net, pursued by Sam Reinhart.
  • Lindholm passes the puck towards the slot for Tkachuk, through Forsling’s attempted check. The puck is deflected by Tkachuk’s stick, as Reinhart can’t interfere with Lindholm’s pass.
Here’s what happened in Tkachuk’s own words:
I thought Johnny was going to maybe drop it, so I was behind him. Once I saw him hook off, I knew he was going to give it to Lindy so I was going to drive. He gave it to Lindy. It kinda handcuffed him just a little bit and he had to pull it to his forehand just a little bit and I think… I know he was trying to get it to me the whole time, it might of ramped off the D’s stick in front of him to start. It was in the air behind me and I tried to get a piece of it, try to whack it in, and I did.

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