With less than a month before training camp opens in mid-September, we are taking one last look back at the 2018-19 season as we dive into the best goals of last year. We compiled our bracket based on the cumulative rankings of our Capitals team, from reporters to producers and everyone in between, and now is your turn to help us determine the best Capitals goal of 2018-19. Below is a Slack conversation between the members of our Capitals content team.
jmurph: Another day, another matchup in our Goal of the Year bracket. Today we’ve got Kuzy’s sweet hands against Jakub Vrana turning defense to offense. Who wants to lead us off?
Rob Carlin: Love the Vrana goal. Love everything about it. Great stick lift & steal, finished like a goal scorer — and got the face wash from Ovi. Love it. But Kuzy was magical. Vrana is like Strasburg — dominant 7 innings but doesn’t get a decision.
jmurph: The face wash isn't the best part of the goal, but it's definitely my favorite part.
timmcdonough: I’m with Rob... these are two sweet stick-handling displays, but Kuznetsov makes it looks soooo easy. I lost count of the dekes in there, then to pull it around the goalie and in the net, like the puck was Velcro’d to his stick.
bmcnally: The hard work that went into the Vrana goal was so impressive. Never gave up on the play. That was a beauty. But I agree with Rob. It looked like Kuznetsov put a spell on the Ducks goalie there. To do that near full speed and end up deking him that bad is ridiculous.
Rob Carlin: And it wasn’t a quick face wash. Ovi stayed with it.
jmurph: Not to mention, Kuzy helped turn the puck over in the neutral zone before rampaging down the wing. I could watch the replay of that goal on repeat and never get tired of it.
Rob Carlin: Didn’t Vrana take a tough loss earlier in this bracket? He’s turning into Gonzaga. High hopes but gut-punching losses.
bmcnally: Ryan Miller must still wake up at night this summer in a cold sweat thinking about what Kuznetsov did there. It's like he was hypnotized. We won't talk about how that game against the Ducks ended, but it's so, so good.
timmcdonough: I’m already looking ahead to round 2, which is always dangerous, but we’re gonna have some ridiculous matchups...
jmurph: Hopefully we can find a Vrana goal to sneak in there because he definitely deserves a shout. He scored some beauties last year and is having some terrible luck on these draws.
Which goal advances to Round 2?— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) August 26, 2019
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