Early goal of the year candidates:
***Stamkos on Hiller***
All aboard the SS Nevergivingupontheplay. What amazes me more than the fact it went in was just that Stamkos had the presence of mind to follow the rebound and give it another shot. It's clear that Stamkos is really making Yzerman give him a long look for the Canadian Olympic roster.
***Perron on Roloson***
Few things are more rewarding as a hockey fan than seeing an end-to-end rush executed as well as this is. Perron begins behind his own net, we see the puck cycled around, people are taking hits to make the play, Perron provides an outlet for his man, splits 2 defensemen (albeit Islanders), makes Mark Streit look like a child, and takes the long road home around Roloson. Plays finished like this will always remind me of Pominville's SHG against Emery to knock the Sens out of the playoffs, the good old days. To echo the sentiments of Darren Pang, with one of my favorite announcer catch phrases, "HOLY JUMPIN'!".