Chris Tanev is known far more for his defensive play than his offensive production, which is the sort of thing that will happen when you pretty much never score. But in 2013, he finally got on the board, scoring his first two career NHL goals.
After watching them both, it seems pretty clear what Tanev has to do in order to produce more often for the Canucks, (should he and they ever finally agree to a new contract): get hilariously, uncommonly wide open right smack-dab in the middle of the offensive zone, with a clear lane to the goal and plenty of open net to shoot at. Easy, right? Now that he knows, Tanev should be able to do this several times a night.
Here’s every goal Tanev scored in 2013 — all two of them.
Tanev’s first NHL goal couldn’t have come at a better time: with less than a minute to go in overtime versus the Edmonton Oilers, who, unlike the Canucks, have some pretty decent shootout performers, this one cemented a point that the club was likely about 30 seconds from seeing slip away. We gave it a full breakdown the following day, but here’s the skinny: the Oilers had their kids out against the Sedins in the final minute of overtime, and that was foolish. With the puck tied up along the boards, Jordan Eberle drifts up high, ready to blow the zone, and after Keith Ballard kicks the puck ahead to the Sedins, Nail Yakupov overplays Daniel. Suddenly, the twins are able to go full wizard, and Tanev is the beneficiary.
Tanev’s second NHL goal comes from pretty much exactly the same spot: smack-dab in the centre of the offensive zone, as unmarked as a Bible with no second gospel. It’s a give-and-go play with Mason Raymond, who takes the feed from Tanev, gains the zone, then turns back and finds Tanev trailing the play. How is he so open? Two reasons: first, Lauri Korpikoski makes a rare defensive error, falling asleep at the bottom of the zone and leaving a large gap for Raymond’s pass . Second, watch the slide tackle from Jannik Hansen at the top. That’s how you make space. The slide tackle is very underutilized in hockey.Tags: Chris Tanev, Every Goal, Every Goal 2012-13