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NHL Roundup: Ovechkin Breaks Scoring Slump, Bedard and Zegras Wow with Incredible Goals

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Despite a shortened week in the NHL due to holiday festivities, the action was anything but dull. Players delivered an abundance of entertainment, giving fans a holiday treat to remember.

The long-discussed goal drought of Alex Ovechkin finally ended during Thursday’s clash with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ovechkin, igniting cheers from Washington Capitals fans, netted a crucial goal, marking a significant moment in his illustrious career.

Meanwhile, Saturday night’s games were dominated by Connor Bedard and Trevor Zegras, who showcased their extraordinary talent. The duo amazed everyone with their lacrosse-style goals, demonstrating exceptional puck control and remarkable composure.

Here’s a recap of the week’s most noteworthy moments and standout performances in the NHL.

Highlight Goals of the Week: Bedard and Zegras Amaze with Lacrosse-Style Scoring

The NHL’s rising stars shone brightly in the games leading up to the Christmas break. Saturday night was particularly memorable, featuring lacrosse-style goals by Connor Bedard and Trevor Zegras, reminiscent of a hockey variant of H-O-R-S-E.

Bedard’s moment came against the St. Louis Blues. Finding himself unguarded, he adeptly lifted the puck onto his stick and executed a wraparound goal over Jordan Binnington’s shoulder.


— NHL (@NHL) December 24, 2023

Though the Chicago Blackhawks ultimately lost 7-5, Bedard’s performance reinforced his status as a future top-tier player in the league.

Not to be outdone, Zegras, freshly back from injury, put on a spectacular show. Circling the Seattle Kraken’s defense, Zegras smoothly scooped up the puck and expertly flicked it into the net past Joey Daccord.


— NHL (@NHL) December 24, 2023

Despite a loss for the Ducks, Zegras’ goal was a testament to his skill, marking a return to form in style.

Defensive Highlight: Roman Josi’s Spectacular Save

Goalies often steal the spotlight, but this week, defenseman Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators shined with a daring glove save. Facing the Dallas Stars, Josi, with far less protection than a goalie, made a critical save, denying Wyatt Johnston’s shot and keeping the Predators in contention.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME ROMAN pic.twitter.com/39eEo4bbnN

— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) December 23, 2023

Josi’s courageous play, arguably as impressive as any goalie’s save, highlighted his commitment and bravery on the ice.

Alex Ovechkin Ends Goal Drought in a Thrilling Fashion

Alex Ovechkin, facing a slower-than-usual start to the season, had been struggling to keep pace in his quest to surpass Wayne Gretzky’s record. However, in a pivotal moment during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ovechkin found the back of the net, much to the relief of Capitals fans.

Ovi wins it!! _xD83E__xDD85_

Alex Ovechkin’s goal in the final minute of the extra frame is the @Energizer overtime winner! pic.twitter.com/PCsxkPN6uf

— NHL (@NHL) December 22, 2023

With 16 goals being a career low for Ovechkin, there’s anticipation that this goal will kickstart his scoring momentum for the rest of the season.

Dallas Stars’ Stunning Comeback in Nashville

In an unexpected turn of events, the Dallas Stars overcame a 2-0 deficit against the Nashville Predators in the final moments of the game. Goals from Craig Smith and Jani Hakanpaa turned the tables, showcasing the Stars’ resilience and depth.

GET SMITTY WITH IT! pic.twitter.com/8zFfqP17uW

— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 23, 2023


— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 23, 2023

This remarkable comeback emphasizes the Stars’ status as a top contender in the Western Conference.

Upcoming Games to Watch

  • Avalanche at Coyotes (Dec. 27): A pivotal matchup for the Coyotes to maintain their surprising performance this season against the struggling Avalanche.
  • Kings at Golden Knights (Dec. 28): A crucial battle for the Pacific Division crown, with the Kings aiming to close the gap on the leading Golden Knights.
  • Oilers at Kings (Dec. 30): The rejuvenated Oilers under new coach Kris Knoblauch face a tough test against the Kings.
  • Islanders at Penguins (Dec. 31): A crucial East playoff race game, with both teams desperate for a win as 2024 approaches.
  • Golden Knights at Kraken (Jan. 1): The NHL Winter Classic featuring the league’s newest teams in an outdoor spectacle at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NHL Highlights

Did Alex Ovechkin end his goal drought?

Yes, Alex Ovechkin ended his 14-game goal drought with a critical goal in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, marking a significant moment for the Washington Capitals.

What were the standout goals in the NHL last week?

Connor Bedard and Trevor Zegras scored standout lacrosse-style goals, displaying exceptional puck handling and poise, and highlighting their incredible skill.

How did Roman Josi make headlines in the NHL recently?

Roman Josi made headlines with a remarkable glove save for the Nashville Predators, showcasing a defensive skill that paralleled a goaltender’s performance.

What was the highlight of the Dallas Stars’ recent game?

The Dallas Stars pulled off a stunning comeback against the Nashville Predators, scoring crucial goals in the final moments of the game, emphasizing their resilience and depth.

What are some key NHL games to watch in the coming week?

Key games include Avalanche at Coyotes, Kings at Golden Knights, Oilers at Kings, Islanders at Penguins, and the NHL Winter Classic between the Golden Knights and the Kraken.

More about NHL Highlights

  • NHL Official Website
  • Washington Capitals News
  • Connor Bedard Highlights
  • Trevor Zegras Profile
  • Nashville Predators Updates
  • Dallas Stars Game Recaps
  • NHL Winter Classic Information

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GoalieGuru December 27, 2023 - 3:28 am

Roman Josi’s save was just insane! like a goalie in a defenseman’s gear

StarsSupporter December 27, 2023 - 11:05 am

what a comeback by the Stars, never saw that comin in the last seconds, totally amazing!

PuckMaster December 27, 2023 - 11:56 am

NHL’s got some exciting games lined up, can’t wait for the Winter Classic, its gonna be epic!!!

HockeyFanMike December 27, 2023 - 3:19 pm

wow, Ovechkin finally breaks his drought thats big news for Caps fans, huh?

IceQueen December 27, 2023 - 4:02 pm

Bedard and Zegras are just showin off at this point, those lacrosse goals were sick!


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