Calgary Flames winger Jiri Hudler had the best season of his career in 2014-15, and he added to his highlight reel with a beautiful no look, between-the-legs pass to set up a Johnny Gaudreau goal. Hudler’s helper was his first point of the post-season and broke a three-game scoring slump.
Jiri Hudler is coming off the best years of his career, as he was one of the catalysts that pushed the Calgary Flames into the playoffs with a 31-goal, 76-point campaign. No matter how many highlights he may have created during the regular season, none stack up against his incredible assist in Game 4 of Calgary’s first-round series with Vancouver.
Little more than three minutes into the opening frame, the puck around the boards to Hudler, who was stationed behind the net. With his back turned to the play and a Canucks defender draped all over him, Hudler swatted the puck between his legs without looking. The magic pass ended up right on the tape of Dennis Wideman, who found a wide-open Johnny Gaudreau for the game’s opening goal:
Hudler was struggling to get on the score sheet through the first three games of the post-season, so the incredible helper on Gaudreau’s goal was somewhat of a slump-buster. Later in the period, Hudler set up in front of the net on a Flames power play and tipped home a Wideman shot for his first goal of the series.
Hudler, 31, is the most experienced post-season player on the Flames’ roster and one of two players who have a Stanley Cup ring — the other being Brandon Bollig. Hudler won his championship as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2007-08, scoring five goals and 14 points in 22 games en route to hoisting the Cup.
With Calgary up 2-1 in the series, Game 4 was the Flames’ opportunity to take a stranglehold on the series.