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Goal of the Night: Derek Boogaard (November 9)

After going 234 games without scoring a single goal, Derek Boogaard scored the best goal of the night on Tuesday.

Unlike the last goal he scored all the way back in 2007, this one wasn’t a sloppy one scored on a near-accident. Instead, it was the hockey equivalent of a slam dunk.

Washington Capitals defenseman Tyler Sloan shied away from contact close to the blue line, allowing Boogaard to get enough of a jump to unleash a slap shot that boomed past Michal Neuvirth for one of the most stunning goals of the 2010-11 season.

The highlight of that clip might be the stunned look on Bruce Boudreau’s face. That shocking look really says it all, so I decided to grab a screen shot of it.


James O’Brien

Sorry, coach Boudreau, but I had to capture that glance. It was just too great to let go.

Congrats to “The Boogey Man.” Let’s hope his next one is as exciting as this one was ... whenever that one comes.