The San Jose Sharks were a win away from eliminating the Nashville Predators entering Game 6 of their second-round series Monday night, and the Sharks started out strong on the road with two goals. But Preds defenseman Roman Josi scored to get his team back within a goal before the end of the first period. And, in the second, center Ryan Johansen pulled out a dandy of a goal…sort of.
The move itself: a thing of beauty. But, wow, this has to be one of the slowest dekes ever, a silky skate lift to fake out Sharks defenseman Justin Braun, a power move into the slot and a low back-hander past goaltender Martin Jones. Check it out:
Was this a gorgeous goal, or was Braun simply caught napping? A bit of both, maybe. But it made things interesting in Game 6, evening the score in the second period. That makes it fun either way.