Rimouski Oceanic winger Michael Joly scored a penalty shot goal for the ages. After putting the puck between his legs, Joly made four more dekes on the goaltender before sliding the puck home. This could very well be the goal of the year.
In 45 regular season games, Rimouski Oceanic winger Michael Joly had 26 goals and 45 points. So while it’s pretty clear Joly has offensive gifts, few would have expected him to pull out the move he did on a penalty shot Tuesday night.
During the third game of Rimouski’s first round series against the Victoriaville Tigers, Phil Pietroniro hooked Joly while he was on a breakaway and the referee signaled for a penalty shot. When Joly picked up the puck at center ice, he methodically skated towards the goal, slipped the puck between his legs and deked Tigers netminder Olivier Tremblay out of his skates:
(GIF via reddit, /u/nunnyfame)
If the first move isn’t enough, the four after it are enough to have you picking your jaw up off the floor. The tally was Joly’s second of the game and his third point as Rimouski cruised to an 8-1 victory and a 3-0 series lead. Joly was named the game’s first star. Through four playoffs game, Joly, who went undrafted, has three goals and five points.
In the fourth game of the series, the Oceanic completed the sweep with a 4-2 win. Rimouski, which came into the playoffs as the top seed in the league, outscored Victoriaville by a combined score of 21-9 in the four-game set.