|JASON ZUCKER, Wild|
|BEST IN CLASS — LEFT CIRCLE (LOWER, INSIDE DOT)|
When Jason Zucker tied Game 5 against the Blues with five minutes left in the eliminating third period, it was with a move so breathtaking that the spectators simultaneously exhaled and jumped to the rafters.
St. Louis had proven largely impenetrable throughout the series, in spite of the Wild peppering goaltender Jake Allen with a consistent barrage of shots. So when Zucker broke in on the left wing a step ahead of the Blues Jaden Schwartz, the tension in the building grew rope-thick.
With a burst of speed, Zucker got some separation on Schwartz, but still had to solve Allen — and from an angle, at that. Quality scoring chances like this were rare, so getting off a hard shot on goal was imperative.
Zucker, however, kept his cool at a cryogenic level and pump-faked a shot from just below the dot, with Allen out to cut the angle. With a slight swerve to the left and still in full control of the puck, Zucker slammed the puck home after whizzing by Allen and the Xcel Energy Center erupted with relief and delight all rolled into 18,500.
|4/22/2017 vs. St. Louis|