If there’s one thing we learned at the Sochi Olympics, it’s that T.J. Oshie is one of the more creative players in the world today. His shootout magic earned him big praise, and his through the legs, no look pass Thursday night should do the same.
With Oshie’s Blues already up 3-1 on the Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis worked a set play to perfection. Oshie was streaking up the ice, collected a three-zone pass off the boards, and shielded the puck around Andrej Suster and Victor Hedman. Oshie then stopped as he was looking like he was about to curl behind the net and made a pass between his own legs with his back to the play, right onto the tape of Blues captain David Backes.
If there are those that want to discount Oshie’s pass as luck, the only thing lucky about the play is that the entire play didn’t fall victim to an icing call.
At the 16- and 18-second marks of the video, you can see Oshie look up to locate Backes coming into the zone before he turns away. When Oshie turns his back to the play, he draws Hedman to him. And then, just as Hedman starts to make his move to close off Oshie, the Blues winger makes his no look feed to Backes.
The Blues went on to wallop the Lightning 6-3.