Hurricanes' Versteeg converts bank-shot goal versus Penguins
Carolina Hurricanes veteran forward Kris Versteeg has either been creative or lucky - or both - in respect to two of his goals this season.
Versteeg's latest trick-shot tally came midway through the second period of Carolina's 3-2 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. The 29-year-old wired a shot from the top of the left circle that deflected off the stick of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and banked high off the glass before trickling down the back of Marc-Andre Fleury and into the net.
Coach Bill Peters wasn't about to dismiss the "artistic" goal that gave his team a 2-0 lead over the Penguins. Via CarolinaHurricanes.com:
"That's a break for sure. We'll take it. We're not going to turn that down."
The creative tally was nothing new for Versteeg, who did his best to slow down the streaking Washington Capitals on Dec. 21. The forward sent a backhand shot between his legs and over the stick of Capitals defenseman John Carlson before the puck eluded Philipp Grubauer in the Hurricanes' 2-1 setback.
Versteeg has scored two goals and set up three others during the team's three-game winning streak. He has seven tallies and 20 assists this season.