December 2 – The Power Play Snipe
During a heated match against the Anaheim Ducks, Fiala makes his presence known during the power play.
In this play, Fiala does two things very well. He goes to open space and he keeps his stick on the ice. For some reason, these two things are just so darn hard to remember in the heat of a game. The players that do the simple things score goals and Fiala is no exception.
You’ll see Fiala drift in here and gets all the space in the world. The Ducks left winger (possibly Nick Ritchie) loses his stick and decides the threat from the point is more important than the slot. The rest of their PK unit is frankly spaced poorly, but Fiala takes advantage and finds space. Then, he fires the shot just as he receives it. He doesn’t waste time and he gets it on net. Those qualities have allowed Filip Forsberg to become the goal-scorer he is and Fiala follows closely in his footsteps.