Ottawa Senators sniper Mike Hoffman burst onto the scene in 2014-15 with a 27-goal campaign, and he followed that up with an outstanding 29-goal, 59-point season in 2015-16. And with the new season approaching, Hoffman’s shot looks to be in fine form as he chases the 30-goal plateau for the third straight campaign.
In an exhibition tilt Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens, Hoffman, 26, showed off the same sniping ability that has made him arguably the best pure goal scorer in the Senators’ lineup.
Early in overtime, after the teams had played to a 3-3 draw through three periods, Kyle Turris worked his way into the Canadiens’ zone and put a puck on goal, which was turned aside by Mike Condon and skittered into the corner. Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk was first to the puck and he made an incredibly ill-advised no-look behind-the-back pass that found Hoffman’s tape. From there, Hoffman was money:
The sound the shot makes off the bar is crisp, and it might have been the only way Condon knew the puck had beaten him. Hoffman’s shot was off his tape and behind the Canadiens netminder in a hurry, enough that the cameraman tasked with following the puck may have gotten whiplash going from right to left so quickly.
Hoffman signed a four-year, $20.75-million contract in the off-season, and shots like that are one major reason why the Senators were willing to pay up to keep the talented sniper around.
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