“You look familiar. Wait, do you play for this team?”
The annual Every Goal series will run Monday to Thursday through July and August, remembering every goal scored by the Canucks, player by player. Today, we look at Andrew “Prince” Alberts.
There are some people who were put on this Earth by God to score goals in hockey. Andrew Alberts is not one of those people. Alberts’ purpose in hockey is tied to his size. Because he’s 6’5″ and weighs 215+ lbs, he’s expecting to throw punishing hits and clear out crease crashers. As a stay-at-home defender, he’s expected to use his reach to take away the opponents’ space to maneuver and cut off passing lanes. When he’s at his best, he should be unnoticeable except for the opposition forwards lying in his wake.
Thing is, when you’re a kid playing road hockey, you seldom dream about making the game-winning pokecheck. You don’t give the running play-by-play of your perfect gap control. More than anything else, you dream about scoring the big goal. I’m guessing Alberts was the same way, but things don’t always turn out the way we hope.
But in two games this season, Alberts got to live that dream. While he only scored 2 goals, they were both gamewinners. For
once twice, Alberts was the noticeable hero. Here are those two goals.
The key to Alberts’ first goal of the year is the (reasonably) quick release on his wristshot. With Havlat coming out to pressure the point, Alberts doesn’t have much time to get his shot off after some hard work by Kesler to free up the puck.
Alberts just focusses on getting his shot through to the net with a plethora of traffic between him and the net and the floater fools Antti Niemi. That said, Alberts does put it in a perfect spot: top shelf where Grandpa hides the shotgun.
On his second goal of the season, Alberts is the fortunate recipient of a nice Henrik Sedin pass with plenty of room to tee up a slap shot. With Kari Lehtonen coming out to challenge the shot, Alberts doesn’t have much to shoot at and gets lucky, banking the shot off Stephane Robidas, who gets pushed into the shot by Alex Burrows in front.
It may not look like it, but this is an even-strength goal: the three forwards pull all five Dallas skaters to one side of the ice, leaving the other side wide open for both Alberts and Chris Tanev. It says a lot about Tanev’s shot when Alberts is obviously the better shooting option in that situation.Tags: Andrew Alberts, Every Goal, every goal 2011-12