Alexander Radulov did his best Mark Messier impression to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 overtime victory over the Vegas Golden Knights Thursday in Edmonton, Alberta.
The right wing took a nifty, cross-ice feed from Joe Pavelski on the right flank and closed in on Vegas netminder Robin Lehner with time and space. The lefty-shooting Radulov rode the puck on his forehand while gliding on his left skate before firing a shot off the left post and in just 31 seconds into overtime.
Radulov’s move is reminiscent of Messier, who often scored in similar fashion over the course of his remarkable 25-year career.
The Stars’ victory gave them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.
What did Radulov think of his game-winning tally?
“I was flying, no skating, on the other side of the ice, and it was kind of nobody there. (Pavelski) made a good pass, got into the zone, closed my eyes and shot it,” said Radulov in jest to the Associated Press. “Come on, I didn’t close my eyes … He’s a good goalie and there’s not a lot of room.
“I was lucky to beat him.”
It was Radulov’s third career OT goal and second during the 2019-20 playoffs. The veteran winger is now tied for the team lead with eight goals this post-season.