We continue the Top Three Goals series today with Predators forward Eric Nystrom.
The Predators bottom-six forward scored a total of 15 goals last season while also adding six assists to his name in 79 total games played in the 2013-2014 season. Four of his 15 goals were scored in one game when he and the Predators visited the Calgary Flames on January 24; the Predators lost that game in a shoot-out.
Nystrom’s 21 total points last season tied his career high he set while playing with the Dallas Stars in the 2011-2012 season.
Here we go with Eric Nystrom’s top three goals from a year ago:
Goal #3: Nystrom’s wicked-wrister beats Ondrej Pavelec
Analysis: Predators are on the penalty-kill during this sequence of plays and Nystrom decides to be selfish and hang on to the puck instead of passing it to Gaustad in the 2-0n-1 situation coming down ice; pretty good decision.
Goal #2: “That’s a pretty-shot too” says the Washington Capitals broadcaster
Analysis: That is a serious wrist-shot there by Nystrom to beat Braden Holtby. Nystrom picks a corner and sends an absolute bullet past Holtby to light-the-lamp.
Goal #1: Hornqvist finds Nystrom in the slot, with some help from the referee
Analysis: What a great backhand-pass from Patric Hornqvist to find Nystrom standing in the slot, of course after the fact the referee stopped the puck from going around the boards. The pass is definitely a highlight of the play, but the quick shot by Nystrom to beat Olympic goalie Jonathan Quick is a great shot and score.
In case you missed it, we have already ranked the top three goals from a year ago scored by: Roman Josi, Colin Wilson, Seth Jones, Gabriel Bourque, Viktor Stalberg, Rich Clune, Ryan Ellis, Matt Cullen and Paul Gaustad.
Tomorrow we continue the Top Three Goals series with Predators forward Mike Fisher.
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