Look at this picture, and think about what should happen next in the play.
Now watch the gif of what actually happened.
Yeah, Vadim Shipachyov passed on a wide-open shot directly in front of the net. Now, before we go crazy here, this was a preseason game, and the move he made to get to that spot was gorgeous. However, it certainly confirmed our suspicions… Shippy’s not a fan of shooting.
Is this going to become a trend?
It was pretty obvious the first chance he had there. (laughter) No, he’ll start to shoot the puck. He came back to the bench and kind of nodded, he knows (he should have shot). -Gerard Gallant
Recently in the locker room and roaming the halls of City National Arena, the three seem to be inseparable. Shipachyov has been spotted messing with Marchessault during practices and we even caught him yelling down the hall, “Marshy, let’s go!” But the chemistry off the ice hasn’t quite made its way onto the ice in a game though.
The guys will tell him he needs to shoot a little bit more. He was right in there all alone, has to shoot that one. But he’s a playmaker and that’s why he’s playing at a high level. -Gallant
We’ve always known he was a pass-first guy, but I don’t think we could have ever envisioned it being this blatant. Either way, it’s going to continue to be a story with the regular season right around the corner.
Anyone know what’s Russian for “shoot the damn thing!” I’ll be sure to pass it along to Smith and Marchessault, cause whatever they’ve told him to this point hasn’t been working.