Kyle Turris’ overtime assist may be the prettiest helper you see all season. First, he embarrassed Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy with a between the legs deke, and he followed that up by placing a perfect backhand pass on Mark Stone’s tape.
Carolina Hurricanes coaches will have to forgive defenseman Ryan Murphy if he can’t bear to watch tape of Tuesday night’s overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators. After all, it was he who was on the receiving end of one of the best deke-to-pass assists of the season.
In the dying seconds of overtime, Senators center Kyle Turris cut right through the middle of the ice straight toward Murphy. Turris then pushed the puck out on his forehand before deftly slipping it between his legs and turning Murphy into nothing more than a moving obstacle. It doesn’t appear Murphy got even the smallest piece of Turris as he slipped around the check.
The deke itself would be enough to feel bad for Murphy, but the way it ends tops it off. Turris makes a quick backhand pass right on to the tape of Mark Stone who simply has to tap it in to the wide-open net. It’s beautiful to watch:
In retrospect, while most have made light of the Capitals’ Filip Forsberg-for-Martin Erat swap this season, not enough grief is given to the Coyotes for flipping Turris to the Senators for David Rundblad and a draft pick. Granted, Rundblad looked like he had all the skills in the world and Turris seemingly wanted out of the desert, but Turris has turned himself into a consistent scorer. Meanwhile, Rundblad has since been shipped off to Chicago.
In his past two seasons, Turris has eclipsed the 50-point plateau both years and is on pace for consecutive 20-goal seasons. It’s only a matter of time before the 25-year-old reaches the 60-point plateau, it seems. The assist was Turris’ 30th of the season and 47th point, while the goal by Stone was his 18th and 46th point. Stone now sits nine points back of Forsberg for the rookie scoring lead.
The victory also moved Ottawa within four points of the Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Senators also have a game in hand on the Bruins.