Today’s feature in “Top 3 Goals” is Predators forward Matt Cullen.
The 37-year-old veteran scored 10 goals last season for the Predators and added 29 assists to account for his 39 total points in his 77 games played.
“The Surgeon”, as I officially have handed him that nickname, is a skilled veteran forward that showed last year that he still has some game left in his tank. Cullen has history with the Predators new head coach Peter Laviolette. Cullen played for Coach Laviolette in Carolina when the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Let’s take a look at Matt Cullen’s top three goals from a year ago:
Goal #3: If at first you don’t succeed, try again.
Analysis: Cullen finds himself open in the slot then completely misses the puck on his first shot attempt, probably faking Jonathan Bernier out, then scores on the second attempt. “Don’t ever give up” is a decent quote for this odd, yet awesome goal against the Leafs.
Goal #2: The quick one-timer to beat Sergei Bobrovsky.
Analysis: Firs off, what a pass by Ellis to set up Cullen for the one-timer. Once the puck got all the way to Cullen’s wound-up stick the puck was either going into the back of the net or Bobrovsky was going to make one of his best-ever saves. Ellis loves the fake slap-shot passes, I would too if “The Surgeon” puts pucks away like that.
Goal #1: Cullen roofs one past Varlamov.
Analysis: Great skating shown here by Cullen to get up ice then basically completely stop, spray Varlamov with snow, then roof the puck into the top of the net to light the lamp. Cullen ran out of real-estate but made the best of his surroundings, one of my favorite goals of the year.
Tomorrow we will highlight the top three goals scored last season by Predators forward Colin Wilson.