The Columbus Blue Jackets had not one, but two highlight-reel goals during the first period Monday.
Forward Kevin Stenlund blasted the puck in from midair, and Cam Atkinson cashed in off Jack Roslovic‘s eye-popping assist in the Blue Jackets game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
On the first shift of the game, Roslovic distracted Carolina defenseman Jaccob Slavin by pirouetting then putting the puck between his legs before feeding Patrik Laine who found Atkinson for a tap-in goal at 26 seconds.
Not to be out done, Stenlund smashed a two-hander from midair, after Oliver Bjorkstrand‘s initial try was blocked by Cedric Paquette, past James Reimer to give Columbus a 3-1 lead at 15:53.
“I saw the puck all the way,” Stenlund told Fox Sports Columbus during the first intermission. “Just tried to hit it before it got to the ice because the goalie was out of the net and just get it on goal. It worked.”
We’d love to see what Stenlund’s exit-velocity was and what the international judges would score Roslovic’s move.