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William Karlsson of the Vegas Golden Knights scored a legendary NHL goal reminiscent of the New York Rangers’ Marek Malik‘s goal 13 years earlier.
New York Rangers former defenseman Marek Malik finally has some competition when it comes to the crazy goal of putting the puck in the net between the legs. William Karlsson of the Vegas Golden Knights did his best impersonation of Malik Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks in Las Vegas.
Karlsson skated in on goalie Martin Jones, shorthanded, and made the move of the season scoring his 42nd goal of the season (video above). The Golden Knights went on to win the game 3-2 and the goal brought comparison to former New York Rangers defenseman Marek Malik.
In a game at Madison Square Garden on November 26, 2005, Marek Malik scored the same goal against the Washington Capitals and goaltender Olaf Kolzig.
Malik’s goal was scored in the shootout. Let me be more accurate, it was the 16th round of the shootout. After he scored the goal he raised his hand in a salute to the fans as the Rangers jumped over the bench to congratulate him.
Two incredible goals in two distinct situations.
Karlsson’s goal came in the third period of his game on a breakaway as he skated in on the Sharks goalie shorthanded. The goal was scored with a little over 12 minutes to play in their game.
Malek’s goal was a shootout game-winner as he was the 32nd shooter to go in the shootout that night.
Both were game-winners. Both were fast and spectacular. Both goals were absolutely unexpected as they skated down on the opposing goalies.
So which goal do you think is more impressive?
Karlsson’s was harder in my opinion because he had less time to think about it. He didn’t go out on the ice thinking he would get a shorthanded breakaway and planned on the move, whereas Malik had plenty of time to think about what he wanted to do should he get called upon to take a shot.
The edge has to be provided to Karlsson’s version.