Goal Analysis: Steve Yzerman OT Goal

Nov 30, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman before the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

It’s goal analysis time!  Seeing as there haven’t been any games in a while, a friend suggested that I breakdown one of the most famous goal in Red Wings history:  Steve Yzerman scoring in game 7 in 1996 vs St. Louis.  Let’s take a look at the goal, shall we?

I’ve seen this goal about 1,919 times and I never get sick of watching it again and again.  And again.  And again.  You get the point.  And again.  There isn’t a whole lot to analyze on this one, but I don’t care.  I love this goal and we’re going to take a look at it.  Here…we….go!

Here, St. Louis dumped the puck into the Wings zone to complete a change, so the Wings decide to change as well.  Slava Fetisov goes behind the net to get the puck while Osgood stays in his cage (thank God for that…).  Nothing major going on here.  What happens next?

Fetisov skates the puck around the boards where he feels some pressure by Wayne Gretzky.  Fetisov passes the puck back to Vladdy(!!) in front of the net.  Bob Errey is skating up for an outlet pass while Gretzky turns back towards center ice.  So, what does Vladdy do with the puck?

Uhhh..Vladdy?  He tried to hit Errey but fanned on it in the direction of Wayne Gretzky.  Eek!   It doesn’t look like Wayne was expecting it, so he instinctively put his stick on the puck but fails to gain control.


As “The Great One” decides to just leave the puck behind him, “The Captain” decides he likes to have the puck and skates it up the ice.  I like The Captain’s plan.

Wait for it…

(Whoa wavy blue line!  Yeah old school non-HD YouTube videos!)  Here it comes…


“It’s guy love, that’s all it is.  It’s guy love, he’s mine I’m his!”

One of the greatest goals of our lifetime.  Like I said there’s not a whole lot of analyzing here.  Fetisov skated the puck around the net and gave it to Vladdy.  Vladdy tried for a stretch pass and missed, but Gretzky couldn’t handle it.  Yzerman picked it up and did the rest.  WOO!!!

Since I love doing these Goal Analysis posts, I’m going to (try and) do one of them a week; shooting for Thursday nights.  If you have a goal you’d like see to see broken down, feel free to message me on the Twitter device (@KevinN37) or leave a comment here.  Until next time…is it hockey season yet?

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