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|ERIK HAULA, Wild|
|A SHARP-ANKLED GOAL|
Among a goaltender’s primary responsibilities is being proficient at cutting down the angles of puck-carriers with a clear look at the net. Jaroslav Halak of the Islanders must have given some consideration following a 6-4 loss at Minnesota to cutting down ankles as well.
Of course, this was something that Bill Smith mastered during his Stanley Cup years between the pipes for New York, but the Wild’s Erik Haula was too far out of range for that nefarious goalie trick. And left to roam the ice freely, both of Haula’s ankles did in the Islanders on the winning goal.
Haula had none of this in mind. He was just an innocent bystander when Nino Niederreiter took aim at the net from the left faceoff circle. Haula’s objective was to approach the net for a possible rebound chance.
But on his way there, Niederreiter’s shot deflected first off his left ankle and then as he strode forth, the inside of the right one as well.
Halak, who was dropping to the ice for the original shot, had no chance as the double carom elevated the puck over his left shoulder and to the back of the net.
But you can bet that if this did happen in Bill Smith’s era, Haula would have put in for a healthy-scratch day the next time the two teams met.
Move to the 3:37 mark of this clip to see this crazy goal.
|12/29/2016 vs. Islanders|