Watch: Alex Semin scores goal-of-year candidate
Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin (28) is congratulated by teammates Riley Nash (20) John-Michael Liles (26) and Rasmus Rissanen (62) after his goal against the Edmonton Oilers at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
Add Alexander Semin – yes, the much-maligned Alexander Semin – to the list of candidates for the NHL’s goal of the year.
Semin, the poster child for bad NHL contracts and a frequent healthy scratch by Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters, showed that he does indeed have some heart and passion for the game Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.
The highlight-reel goal, which is arguably the best in the league this season, was just the fourth of the campaign for Semin, who was signed by the Hurricanes to a five-year, $35 million contract extension just under two years ago.
Semin, as you’ll see in the video clip, scored while prone on the ice and facing away from Oilers goalie Richard Bachman. It was just the third game of the season for Bachman, who has spent the bulk of the season with Oklahoma City of the AHL, but don’t hold that against Semin.
It was, without question, one of the best goals this season and helped the Hurricanes down the Oilers 7-4.
In 40 games this season, Semin has four goals – the beauty against the Oilers included – and 12 assists, a huge dropoff from the 22 goals and 20 assist he managed in 65 games last year. He has been a healthy scratch at least a dozen times, despite his hefty contract.