It’s PITB’s annual Every Goal series. This year will be really easy.
Nicklas Jensen had one really good week in Vancouver. After finally earning his call-up, he made his presence felt, scoring three lovely goals in four games and leading fans to wonder if perhaps he was the real deal. Sadly, after that, he fell off, although it wasn’t entirely his fault. He was beginning to look good with Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin, but then both of them got hurt. Heck, Burrows breaks his thumb on Jensen’s third goal.
But even now, knowing that he only scores three before the well dries up, it’s tough to look at these three goals and not get a little excited about the Danish winger’s goal-scoring ability. He’s got a great shot. Here are the first three goals of Nicklas Jensen’s career.
Jensen remained down on the farm beyond when it seemed reasonable to call him up. The Canucks had injury troubles. He was playing well. But the team insisted he wasn’t ready. Then, when they finally caved, he scored his first career goal on this beautiful wrist shot from the slot. Lots of guys can bang one home from in close. This is a laser, from a sniper (so a sniper from the future, because right now snipers still use rifles, not lasers). Anyway. Great shot.
Then, as if to show that wasn’t a fluke, Jensen puts home another on another goal scorer’s shot. This is a quick and wicked release, and it instantly got people talking. What if this Jensen kid was the real deal? It helps that he was playing with Alex Burrows, who was, at this point, beginning to refind his game, which includes some underrated playmaking skills. This is a great little pass, as he sort of hooks the puck behind him to avoid the active stick of the defender, and puts it right on Jensen’s stick.
Once more with Jensen’s great shot. Honestly, if I’m Alex Burrows, I look at the Canucks’ roster and I highly doubt I’m getting many looks with the Sedins next year. Not only has Vrbata been promised the spot, but Jensen’s finishing ability could be a great fit for the twins if Vrbata winds up somewhere else. You can see it here, as the rookie pounces on a loose puck after Henrik Sedin’s pass attempt is broken up and still manages to put it home. That was probably troubling for Burrows. Also troubling for Burrows: while Jensen is scoring, Shea Weber is breaking Burrows’ thumb at the side of the net. For shame, Shea Weber.Tags: Every Goal, Nicklas Jensen