So I went to the archives to see how that turned out. Not very well I'm afraid. Clarkson did not score a goal at all. The only marks he got on the score sheet were a 2:00 hooking penalty and a secondary assist on a too little/too late goal. I couldn't just leave it at that so I decided to watch every goal that Clarkson scored last season (regular and postseason) on nhl.tv and take some notes.
It’ll be kickstarted by a coast-to-coast wraparound goal against the
Hurricanes. Mark our words. (Seriously, the Devils play the Canes on January 6.
You can mark it on your calendar in pen: Clarkson will get the goal of the year
in that game.)
Let's toss out the statbities:
When in the game was Clarkson scoring: 10 goals in the 1rst period, 5 in the 2nd, 4 in the 3rd, 0 in OT.
How was he scoring: Slap shots-3, wrist shots-7 *, deflections-5, garbage(knocking in loose pucks/rebounds in and around the crease)-4, wraparounds-0.
That's right ladies and gents, there was not a single Clarkaround scored at all last season. I can assure you that it wasn't because there were not any attempts. If my memory serves me correctly, I think somebody (Zubrus?) scored a goal off of a rebound from a Clarkaround attempt. I can also assure you that Clarkson did not score anything that would fall in the "goal of the year" category. But what would be David's best goal of the year? After careful consideration, I would say it was this one:
Just kidding, that would be filed under: easiest goal. I'm the only one who would have wiffed on that gift. But now, without any further adieu, I give you my countdown of Clarksons top five goals of the 2008-09 season.
#5 - 11/15/08 vs Washington
#4 - 4/21/09 vs Carolina
#3 - 2/15/09 vs San Jose
#2 - 10/22/08 vs Dallas
#1 -12/17/08 vs Buffalo (GWG)
*I counted this controversial goal as a wrister even though it was fanned on.
Hat tip to John Fischer for his review of the previews that sent me to the quoted Interchangeable Parts Blog archive.