Thomas Greiss never stood a chance in a one-on-one battle with Jeff Skinner.
On Monday, with the Carolina Hurricanes leading the New York Islanders 6-2, Skinner was hooked on a breakaway in the third period.
Now, what do you think the Canes sniper did with the chance? Well, he deked Greiss out of his equipment with an absolutely filthy goal:
It doesn’t get much better than that.
First and foremost, the deke was flawless.
Skinner’s slow approach, weaving from side to side got Greiss far out his net. Seeing the Isles goalie exposed, the Canes sniper kept the puck on his backhand before pivoting towards his forehand – only to pull the ol’ switcharoo. Unfortunately for Greiss, he totally fell for the move.
Including the beauty goal, Skinner had himself a heck of a night. He registered six shots on goal, scoring twice as the Hurricanes absolutely thrashed the Islanders 8-4 at the Barclays Center.
In the midst of Carolina struggling to hang in playoff contention, Skinner’s having another quietly awesome season. With the Hurricanes amongst the lowest scoring teams in the league, the 24-year-old leads the team with 23 goals and 45 points in 63 games.
After sustaining a concussion in 2014-15, Skinner’s star trajectory dipped. However, with more than 50 goals in the last two seasons, he’s truly become one of the most underrated players in all the NHL.
Skinner’s a bonafide wizard with the puck. The goal showcases that.