The Vancouver Canucks look like a new team compared to their disappointing last season when they missed the playoffs and often appeared as a mess both offensively and defensively.
At the moment, they have three players in the top three for points in the league, and they made a stunning comeback in Wednesday’s matchup against the New York Islanders.
The Canucks trailed 3-1 in the middle frame, but they pulled within one with 8:57 left in the second. In the third period, Filip Hronek scored his first goal as a Vancouver Canuck since signing from the Detroit Red Wings last year to tie the game 3-3.
In overtime, Quinn Hughes scored the winner to improve the Canucks’ record to 12-3-1, and they are now tied for first in the Western Division.
Quinn Hughes also had two assists, and J.T. Miller and Brock Bowser had a goal and two assists as well. Thatcher Demko stopped 30 shots, but it was Filip Hronek who stole the show with his power-play goal to tie the game.
Not only was it his first goal in a Canucks jersey, but it also happened to be one of the hardest shots in NHL history. Hronek shot a missile off a one-timer that left the Islanders’ goalie without a chance to save it.
According to the Canucks, the shot measured a whopping 107.9 MPH, which ranks it in the top three historically, at least according to some reports on the World Wide Web.
According to Rezztek, a company that makes grips for sticks used by several NHL players, Zdeno Chara has the hardest shot ever recorded in modern hockey history.
During the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in 2012, Chara unleashed a slap shot that measured a whopping 108.8 miles per hour, a record-breaking number. Three years later, Shea Weber came close to breaking Chara’s record with a shot that measured 108.1 MPH.
But according to Rezztek’s list of the hardest shots in modern NHL history, Filip Hronek’s 3-3 goal against the Islanders would rank as third. Of course, some shots taken haven’t been measured, and most on this list have been shot during NHL All-Star Competitions, but 107.9 is still astonishing, and Filip Hronek deserves all the praise for this incredible goal!