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Matt Hendricks’ gaudy shift includes huge hit, near-assist

May 2, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

As any hardcore hockey fan will tell you, it’s not just about the goals and obvious highlights. The almost-there moments and big hits can be just as tantalizing as the moments that decide the game in a more literal sense.

Take this outstanding shift from Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks for example. He lands a devastating (and clean) hit on New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and then sends a pass that Troy Brouwer somehow fails to bury for the game-winner:

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Yup, you can’t get much better than that without actually getting the deciding tally.

  1. eggserino - May 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Can I have that guy on my team?

  2. fullbagg - May 3, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Funny thing is, earlier in an interview he stated, “I don’t want to be liked on the ice”. He is a scrapper. Came into the league at 27. Blue collar. Will drop the gloves for his team. Hendricks, Laich and Erskine are my favorite caps

    • rg3isvictory - May 3, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      Agreed, Hendricks play along side Beagle make them the most entertaining line to watch!

  3. jpelle82 - May 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    i still dont understand how he cant translate that shootout skill to every shift.

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