Trevor Zegras already has a Michigan assist, so why not score a Michigan goal.
The Anaheim Ducks rookie forward scored an incredible lacrosse-style goal, known as “The Michigan” for the University of Michigan’s Mike Legg, who popularized it, against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
Zegras, you may remember, dished out one of the most unique assists anyone in hockey has ever seen earlier this season, when he put the puck on his stick and flipped it over the net to teammate Sonny Milano, who batted it in for a goal against the Buffalo Sabres.
This time around, Zegras took matters into his own hands, smoothly skating down the right side, picking up the loose puck from a three-man scrum like it was nothing, and casually depositing it over the right shoulder of Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault.
Why not watch it again? It’s beautiful.
Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: Good for the game.@tzegras11 DOES THE INCREDIBLE! #FlyTogether pic.twitter.com/lhIddHCdkm
During the intermission interview, Zegras said he “had a fresh tape job so I figured I’d give it a try.”
Tweet from @BallySportWest: “Had a fresh tape job so I figured I’d give it a try.” – @tzegras11 😎@AnaheimDucks | #FlyTogether pic.twitter.com/qEjSn0wfN8
After the game, Zegras, who attemped the move before but hadn’t scored with it, talked about why he’s gone to it so often.
“It’s just one of those things where I think it’s a high percentage play if you can pick it up on your stick. I don’t think a lot of goalies are, I guess, expecting it,” Zegras said. “But it’s one of those things where if I have a little bit of space behind the net, I mean, I really don’t see why not. It’s almost like a wraparound. It’s something that I work on quite a bit. It’s nice to see it translate over.”
Zegras also joked that he tried the move “to take the crowd out of it,” a joking reference to the game being played at the empty Bell Centre.
Ducks forward Adam Henrique said, “That’s his play. His skill level is next to none. And you know, the way the way it developed, it kind of set it up perfectly for him.”
On Twitter, Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov, the only player to score with “The Michigan” twice in the NHL, lauded Zegras.
Tweet from @ASvechnikov_37: Nice goal!! Let’s see who is gonna pull the next one 👀 https://t.co/4UAHmB8ZAE
Count Hockey Hall of Fame forward and Ducks legend Teemu Selanne among those impressed.
Tweet from @TeemuSel8nne: Wow💪💪💪 Are you serious😳 This kid is fun to watch😊 https://t.co/VslYsXeg6p
Teammate Max Jones, who is sidelined with an injury, seemed to be out of words.
Tweet from @Jones_Max19: I mean cmon��� @tzegras11 😂
The U.S. Hockey National Development Team also shared their approval.
Tweet from @USAHockeyNTDP: Trevor Zegras you dirty dawg 🐶 ������pic.twitter.com/TUuk6MyHEt
What can Zegras even do for a Michigan hat trick? Does anyone even know? Stay tuned because we will all probably find out soon enough.
NHL.com independent correspondent Sean Farrell contributed to this report