The shootout is a lot of things to a lot of people, but when it comes to hockey fanatics, most are down on it deciding so much in the standings. Mike Milbury certainly doesn’t seem to be a fan, but he’s irked the most by the trend of forwards befuddling goalies with a spin-o-rama. Does he have a point?This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
Scoring four goals in a game is hard freakin’ work and Montreal’s Lars Eller did just that last night. His fourth goal, however, came in spectacular style on a penalty shot against Winnipeg’s Chris Mason.
Rather than doing things traditionally, Eller summoned the spirit of Denis Savard and whipped out the spin-o-rama. Wouldn’t you know… It worked. Eller’s goal capped off Montreal’s scoring in what turned out to be a 7-3 rout of the Jets and a monster five point night for Eller.
Coming into Wednesday night’s action, Lars Eller had four goals on the season for the Montreal Canadiens. The highlight of that quad-trick has to be this spin-o-rama penalty shot tally:
This was Eller’s first hat trick with that brilliant cherry on top. He out-scored the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 while the Habs piled on three more to make it 7-3. Eller also recorded an assist to give himself a five-point night overall, bumping his season total from 12 to 17.
All around the hockey world, one can only imagine all of the “Great Dane” headlines, although I have to admit that my mind immediately jumped to his first name, as it evokes Napster-suing Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and the weird Ryan Gosling idea movie “Lars and the Real Girl.” (To each his own pun, I guess.)