There’s two things most hockey fans know about Victor Hedman, steady-as-they-come defenceman for the Tampa Bay Lightning:
1) He’s the guy who was selected after John Tavares at the 2009 NHL draft, second overall
2) The 22-year-old’s game has little to no flair
Hedman stepped out of his comfort zone Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Though it wasn’t by design.
Midway through the second period, with the Lightning pressing into the ‘Canes zone, the 6-foot-6 Swede slapped a puck from the point.
It hit the end boards and ricocheted towards the crease, before bouncing off both pads of goalie Justin Peters, and into the net.
Hedman, who now has two goals this season, was clearly trying to create some offence with an off-target shot from the blueline.
Usually in this situation the puck is intended to end up on a teammate’s stick, however — not in the back of the net.
Well done, big man.