The Bengt Gustafsson Award is awarded annually to the Washington Capitals player who scored the most jaw-droppingly stunning goal of the season. While we realize that every goal counts in hockey, this trophy is awarded to the the most memorable of the lot and is based style, acrobatic feat and how many times we replayed the video on YouTube. There is no current holder of the trophy, as we dreamed up the trophy last weekend over a twelve-pack of Smuttynose Summer Weizen.
In alphabetical order:
Brendan Morrison for his pick up-the-trash, through-the-legs backhanded goal against Ryan Miller on December 23, 2009.
Alex Ovechkin for jukeing Michal Rozsival out of his skivvies before nutmegging him for a one-handed, left-handed shot over Henrik Lundqvist’s shoulder on February 4, 2010.
Alex Semin for forcing a turnover and splitting two Islanders defensemen while corraling the puck using his stake, and finishing by back-handing the rebound past Dwayne Roloson on January 26, 2010.
Honorable Mention: Alexander Ovechkin‘s breakaway goal, rifiling it past Marc-Andre Fleury and breaking the goal cam in the process on February 7, 2010.
And the winner of the inaugural Bengt Gustafsson Award, for the most bad-ass goal of the season goes to: Brendan Morrison!