Just one week ago, the Canucks played the Bruins in the most thrilling game of the season, and during the contest, Canucks fans witnessed one of the dirtiest things you will ever see in hockey. I’m not talking about Brad Marchand low-bridging Sami Salo; I’m talking about Cody Hodgson’s filthy slapshot that blew past Tim Thomas for the gamewinning goal. It was, as the kids say, sick, wicked, and nasty.
You just don’t see slapshots like that any more, at least from the stick of a forward. The slapshot is normally the domain of the hulking blueliner who is able to put a massive amount of leverage on the stick to propel the puck forward. The two modern-day masters of the slapshot are Zdeno Chara, who is 6’9″ and 255 lbs, and Shea Weber, who is 6’4″ and 232 lbs.
Hodgson is an even 6′ and weighs a mere 185 lbs. Yet his slapshot is both blistering and precise.
My favourite part about the goal was the gorgeous sound it made. There is no sweeter sound in hockey than the glorious *ping* of a slapshot that goes off the post and in. Close your eyes and just listen:
As much as I love the meticulous wizardry from the Sedins, there is something primal about a slapshot off the rush. It digs into my skin and that glorious *ping* echoes through my skull. A perfectly executed play from the Sedins takes my breath away, but that Hodgson slapshot made me roar.
This wasn’t the first time Hodgson brought Canucks fans this glorious sound and it likely won’t be the last. He scored a similar goal on Jimmy Howard back on December 21st, again making the post sing it’s sweet song.
It’s enough to make me sincerely hope that Hodgson gets a chance to participate in the hardest shot competition at the All-Star Game, along with Alex Edler. My fear is that they’ll think “playmaker” and stick him in the relay, saucer-passing into tiny nets when he should be blasting the puck into a real one.
I’ve mentioned in the past that one of my favourite things about Markus Naslund was the seeming certainty that he was going to score when he had the puck with time to shoot at the faceoff circle. At the height of his career, his wristshot was so lethal that scoring when he was in that situation was an inevitability rather than just a possibility. The moment just before he shot the puck was magical: there was just enough time to inch forward in your seat, widen your eyes, and begin to lift your hands in anticipation.
It is my sincere hope that Hodgson’s slapshot off the rush reaches that level of inevitability. Right now it’s hovering around the level of Jeff Tambellini’s Magic Shooty Spot, which doesn’t quite have the same pedigree. But from now on, whenever Hodgson gets the puck on the rush with room to unleash a slapshot, I will listen carefully, hoping to hear that beautiful *ping* off the post and in.Tags: Cody Hodgson, Hodgson, The most beautiful sound in hockey, The YouTubes