GIF: Victor Hedman with an assist of the year candidate

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The Tampa Bay Lightning obliterated the Montreal Canadiens 7-1 last night, as Steven Stamkos led the way with a hat-trick. On the sniper’s second goal on the game, he received an unbelievable pass across the ice from defenseman Victor Hedman.

James van Riemsdyk had a sweet saucer pass to Nazem Kadri a few days ago, but this is definitely the assist¬†of the 2014-15 NHL season thus far. Hedman now has four assists this season, which is tied for the league lead. The GIF’s above, but you can see the video of the pass here.

It’s a good thing the league removed the “two-line offside pass” rule during the 04-05 lockout, or else we wouldn’t be seeing highlights like these.