New York Islanders fourth-line center Casey Cizikas may only have 10 goals on the season in 72 games played. But his 10th goal of the season, which came against the Washington Capitals in the 4-1 win on Tuesday night, was a thing of beauty.
Cizikas stayed on his high horse, as he came around the net with the puck. Despite falling to the ice, Cizikas corralled the puck and found a way to lift it on the backhand while essentially sitting on the ice. With the route that Samsonov took to get back into his net, he got spun around.
And the puck somehow went off the post and in.
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“It was hard to pressure down the ice on the kill tonight,” Casey Cizikas said postgame. “So I kinda saw an opportunity there where I could go and maybe create some havoc, possibly create a turnover and all those things worked out, and it ended up in the back of the net (chuckle).”
That was Cizikas’s 10th shorthanded goal of his career, but his first shorthanded goal of the season and first in two years. The last time he scored a shorthanded goal was back on Dec. 27, 2019 against the Chicago Blackhawks, his third and final shorthanded goal of that season. It came against fan favorite and former Islander Robin Lehner.
“Obviously it was a pretty good effort. I didn’t see how it all played out. I just kinda saw the last part, falling on his back, flipping it in,” Noah Dobson said on Cizikas’s shorthanded goal Tuesday. “It’s a big goal for us.”
Cizikas has been known to get the people off their feet from time to time with ridiculous goals. One that stands out, which was not a shorthanded goal, came back on Feb 11, 2019, against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It was a thing of beauty.
This season may not have been Casey Cizikas’s best in terms of production. But his work ethic has never wavered. Even in the third-to-last game of the regular season, while shorthanded, he did exactly what his head coach Barry Trotz expected him to do and that’s put his complete effort into killing the penalty.
He did that and more and scored a brilliant goal that gave the New York Islanders a two-goal cushion in one of their best wins of the season.
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