Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Best Goal of His Career -- Video Added

While "best" lists are often subjective, we're pretty confident that Kyle Okposo scored the best goal of his NHL career Wednesday night (2/11) in New Jersey. It was certainly one of his prettiest, and clearly involved his best individual effort.

In the 2nd period, the Islanders found themselves on the power play courtesy of a Bobby Holik infraction. While holding the puck inside the blue line Kyle powered along the left side boards, darted around Devils defender Bryce Salvador, shot the puck into netminder Kevin Weekes' logo, corralled the rebound and put the puck in the net for a handsome goal. The goal exhibited both the power and the finesse of the highly-touted Islander prospect. It gave the Islanders the lead, but more importantly showcased what we Islanders fans hope we'll be seeing for many years to come.

(**Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see video of the goal. Apologies for the poor quality).

While the Isles eventually dropped the game 4-2, it was simply an outstanding individual effort that elicited praise from both the Islanders' and Devils' announcers.

In a related note, our friend Ken Rosenblatt of Islanders Outsider beleives that Kyle should make a push for the Calder Trophy. Always eloquent, please read his post here.


TheMetalChick said...

His best goal SO FAR, quite probably... but he has a LONG career ahead of him- so I hardly think we can be donning goal in his rookie year as the best of his career! I expect far more from him and Im sure you do, too. :)

Okposo Island said...

OK, perhaps I should have said to this point in his career. Yes, let's hope for a long and fruitful (INJURY-FREE!) career.