Today (June 23rd, 2015) is Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich‘s 32nd birthday. Brooks Laich has been through a lot with the Capitals. He has spent 682 of his 683 NHL games with the Capitals. In those 682 games, Laich has 132 goals and 185 assists, good for 317 points. To honor Brooks Laich and the awesome player (and person) that he is, let’s celebrate his top five moments of the 2014-2015 season!
Brooks Laich’s Top Five Moments From The 2014-2015 Season
HONORABLE MENTION: Any moment that involved Julianne Hough. Laich started dating actress Julianne Hough last season. They’re an extremely adorable couple and it’s great seeing Laich happy again. They quickly emerged as the power couple of the Capitals, narrowly edging out Michael Latta and Tom Wilson.
5. Laich uses some razzle-dazzle to score against Ryan Miller. Laich had a rough season, as he only scored seven goals during the regular season. However, when he scored, it was usually magical. The Capitals were trailing 3-2 and needed a miracle to tie the game. Laich got the puck from Eric Fehr, drove to the net and used a razzle-dazzle between the legs deke to tie the game at three. The Capitals would wind up losing the game, but it was still a magical goal!
4. Laich fires a rocket past Jonathan Bernier off the draw. A majority of Laich’s goals in 2014-2015 seemed to come via puck handling or off rebounds. One of his goals was old-school. An old-fashioned “here’s my best shot, I dare you to stop it” goal. Laich blasted a slap shot past Bernier right off a face-off win. You don’t see Brooks Laich do that too often.
3. Laich breaks a scoring slump against the Sabres. After that goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Laich was held without a goal for the next two months. It was a long 26 game slump for Laich. However, March 7th against the Buffalo Sabres, Brooks Laich unleashed two months worth of frustration out on Sabres goaltender Matt Hackett. The huge smile on his face says it all!
2. Laich gets odd man rush started in defensive zone, finishes at the other end. One of the more underrated parts of Brooks Laich’s game is how good he is in the defensive zone, particularly at starting breakouts. For this goal, Laich had to work. He got a breakout started in the defensive zone. The breakout almost failed, but the third line, true to their character, never gave up. Jason Chimera picked up a loose puck and carried the puck into the offensive zone. Laich trailed and received a beautiful pass from the Ice Cheetah. Laich made a nice deke and made sure that he reaped the benefits of his hard work.
1. Laich puts in rebound against the Islanders. Laich has made his career around getting rebounds. It’s fitting that his best moment from the 2014-2015 season is him pouncing on a rebound to score a goal. He scored it in the playoffs against the New York Islanders.
Happy birthday Brooks! Here’s to many more!