When executed to perfection, there are few things as beautiful in hockey as the saucer pass. The Minnesota Wild executed it to absolute perfection on Tuesday night.
In a game where offense was impossible to come by in the first 20 minutes, the Wild opened up the scoring against the Blackhawks with a goal from Erik Haula. That is underselling the play by just a bit.
The Wild were on a rush up ice with Haula charging hard toward the far post while Justin Fontaine carried the puck into the zone. The Blackhawks were trying to fill up the passing lanes with their sticks so Fontaine just went over them with a tremendous saucer pass right to the stick of Haula.
Well not exactly right to the stick. The puck actually landed before getting to Haula and he was still able to put the puck in the net. Here you thought basketball was the only sport where you'll see a bounce pass.
It's so pretty, we're going to leave you with it in GIF format to enjoy over and over (via @cjzero).