With Swiss side EHC Biel down to its final shot in the shootout and the game on the line, Toni Rajala went to his trick bag and pulled out a beauty, attempting a move he’d never done before in a game.
The 26-year-old Rajala, who was a 2009 fourth-round pick by the Edmonton Oilers, showed extraordinary wrist strength by one-handing a shot over SC Bern goalie Leonardo Genoni’s glove to give Biel the win.
We’ve seen players like Sidney Crosby do this type of shot before, but they certainly didn’t show their move from that far out. Genoni had to be thinking that was some sort of trap before Rajala pulled it back to his forehand or went quick on the backhand.
“When I took possession of the puck, I did not really know what I was going to do,” Rajala told Le Matin. “I have several options when I shoot on goal. And then, all of a sudden, I thought that’s what I had to try. ”
That’s a pretty sweet way to win a game.