Jamie Benn does these things from time to time.
He just does. They're the kind of things that leave even the most seasoned media veterans smiling and looking at each other in press boxes all over North America. I've caught that live show on several occasions.
Tonight's victim was Jimmy Howard, not to mention Jakub Kindl, Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, Mikael Samuelsson, and Drew Miller, who were also present for the spectator-like viewing.
Unassisted, that was all Benn. Datsyuk's goal was great later on but it came from a Dallas blunder rather than hard work by Detroit. So give me the Benn goal.
Devil's Advocate: Just for a moment, consider the contrarian point-of-view. Jamie Benn had already attempted a number of rushes (four? five?) that were solo-expeditions, on which he would receive no help and eventually turn the puck over. His chance of success was always about 3%, or so we judged. Many such rushes were borne of frustration stemming from the 2-0 score in favor of the home team.
That one such rush worked is not indicative of good team-hockey or of repeatable, future success. Like Metta World Peace (Ron Artest to those of us who have no tolerance for nonsense...) or LeBron James hitting a three-pointer early in a game, it might just encourage further low percentage plays and all the hubris that goes with them.
So it's awesome, but it's not something you'd like to see attempted with regularity.
Still, it enters the pantheon of ridiculous highlight-worthy plays that have littered Benn's young career with shocking regularity. Lead on, Captain.