If you’re reading this, it means that you love hockey. You could be an avid fan with a closet full of jerseys and team-branded apparel or someone who watches every game they can find on TV. Either way, you know what makes the sport so great: goals!
The sound of the puck slapping off the crossbar, scoring a goal in overtime to win a game, celebrating with fellow fans after a great victory – it’s all about goals.
With that said, here are the top 10 goals ever in NHL history – don’t forget to look out for these players’ next matches on your online sportsbook!
Bobby Orr’s Flying Goal
Kicking off our list is Bobby Orr’s infamous goal to win the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals. The Boston Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues and won their first Stanley Cup since 1941.
Wayne Gretzky’s 802nd Goal
Few players can come close to beating Gretzky’s incredible record – he took the title from Gordie Howe in 1994. By the time he retired from professional hockey, he had scored a staggering 1016 goals!
This move is named after the legendary player Peter Forsberg, who first performed it in 1994 at the Winter Olympics against Canada’s Corey Hirsch. It involves sliding the body one way while popping the puck into the goal on the other side, and many other players have tried this technique since!
Marek Malik’s Between the Legs Goal
Malik’s famous goal stands out because he was a somewhat unimpressive player, having scored only 27 goals in close to 500 games.
The move might be more common now, but it was relatively rare to see before Malik’s legendary goal!
Jaromir Jagr’s Solo Shot
Hockey might be a team sport, but some players have scored seriously impressive goals all on their own.
Jaromir Jagr is one example of this. In this show-stopping goal, he successfully dodged around no fewer than five players before nonchalantly shooting, all with no help from his teammates.
Jake Evans’ Falling Goal
No player wants to fall during a game, least of all when they’re trying to take a shot. That’s precisely what Montreal Canadiens’ Jake Evans did earlier this season, but he still managed to score!
He fell when attempting to receive a pass from teammate Rem Pitlick but fortunately managed to make the shot just as he fell. Was it luck or skill? We’ll leave it up to you to decide.
Alex Ovechkin’s Goal on His Back
Back in 2006, Ovechkin was relatively unknown, but things would soon change with the scoring of what was to become known simply as “The Goal.”
Despite toe-picking and rolling onto his back, he remained fully in control of the puck and, incredibly, managed to make the shot.
Gretzky’s 50th in 39 games
In 1981, Wayne Gretzky scored his 50th goal in 39 games. The feat has never been equaled in the NHL and is unlikely ever to be matched again!
This goal was scored on a power play against the Philadelphia Flyers. He went into the game with 45 goals in 38 games under his belt before scoring five times in the game, leading the Oilers to a 7-5 victory.
Mitch Marner vs. the Vegas Golden Knights
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner might not be the team’s best-known player, but he recently scored a pretty memorable goal.
Marner managed to pull off a slick backhand shot during an incredible display of speed and skill and netted the puck past Robin Lehner of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Mario Lemieux’s Sliding Deke
Lemieux isn’t known as “Le Magnifique” for nothing, and this goal is undoubtedly part of the reason he earned his nickname.
Scored in the 1991 Stanley Cup final against Minnesota, this goal was fast and skillful, with the puck flying effortlessly between Shawn Chambers’ legs and into the back of the net!
Every hockey fan will no doubt have their own top 10 goals, but hopefully, some of those featured here have brought back happy memories. No matter who your favorite player is or which team you back, there’s no denying that NHL players boast some awe-inspiring skills!