124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2


Columbus' Alexandre Texier is now the Mayor of SilkTown, USA after this sick shootout goal

A week ago today, the Columbus Blue Jackets and their disgruntled former No. 3 overall pick Pierre-Luc Dubois were not exactly firing on all cylinders. They had started the season 1-2-1 in their first four games, including an overtime loss to the lowly Detroit Red Wings. John Tortorella had benched Dubois for good after this incredibly low-energy shift, and the friction was at an all-time high. 

Then, on Saturday morning, news broke that Columbus had sent Dubois to Winnipeg in exchange for Patrik Laine, who went the pick before Dubois in the 2016 NHL Draft. Laine has not yet skated for the Blue Jackets, as he's still recovering from an injury, not to mention he'll still need to quarantine and pass multiple COVID tests since he's coming from Canada. 

But even without their shiny new toy, the Jackets have turned their season around, going 2-0-2 since shipping Dubois out of town. Their latest victory, which came over the Florida Panthers Thursday night, featured this silky game-winner in the shootout from 21-year-old Alexandre Texier. Watch closely, as many times as you'd like: 

As the now retired Doc Emrick would say, "MYYYYY GOOODNESS!!" Texier, who hails from France, is now the Mayor of SilkTown, USA. One-handed, on the backhand, through the five hole, ballgame over. Night, night. SICK stuff.