You can still pass without using your stick.
The Philadelphia Flyers may not be tearing it up in the standings at the moment, but there’s no denying that the team has some incredibly talented forwards on their roster. Captain Claude Giroux recently just made the NHL All-Star Game roster for the fifth time, but as many as three other Flyers could have made the list this year.
Once such player is winger Jakub Voracek, who had 43 assists and 51 total points in 42 games coming into their Saturday night matchup against the New Jersey Devils. Voracek will add another assist to his resume this season, but unfortunately the NHL scoresheet doesn’t tally creativity like the winger showed on this play.
Now THAT’S why he’s an All-Star.
Giroux gets the power play goal tying the game. pic.twitter.com/Qqd7Lrh4PU
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 14, 2018
With a Devils player in front of him, Voracek wasn’t able to get his stick around to reach Sean Couturier’s pass from the bottom of the circle. Instead, Voracek used some quick thinking — and quick feet — to kick the puck to Giroux waiting at the top of the opposite circle for the eventual goal.
All of those pregame soccer drills must have really come in handy here for the Flyers tying goal on the power play. Later in the period, Philadelphia took a 3-2 lead to head into the second intermission.