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Henrik Zetterberg scores a shootout stunner


Henrik Zetterberg’s shootout goal against Mike Smith is a beauty, but it might not be wholly original. Some people might think of Kent Nilsson. Many more will bring up Peter Forsberg’s name. I have a faint belief that Zetterberg’s peer Mike Ribeiro uses a similar move from time to time.

Either way, it’s a slick and almost unfair technique, as Smith found himself the victim of the highlight of the night after getting the opposite treatment when he stopped Marian Gaborik on a penalty shot on Wednesday.

The Detroit Red Wings came out on top 3-2, giving them 13 consecutive wins at Joe Louis Arena and the Phoenix Coyotes two shootout losses in as many days.

Benoit Pouliot’s Goal of the Year entry


Goals weren’t in short supply for the Boston Bruins Friday night as they thrashed the Florida Panthers 8-0. Even so, there was a titillating standout moment, as Benoit Pouliot put on a tremendous show with this sprawling goal. Some might even give it a little “best of the year” hype …


Patrick Kane almost justifies the existence of shootouts


After a tepid first period, the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild traded blows like, well, the two best teams in the Western Conference right now. There were plenty of exciting moments in the last two periods and overtime, but the Blackhawks prevailed 4-3 in the shootout thanks to this mind-blowing shootout goal. (Which came against a should-be All-Star goalie, by the way.)

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