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Video: Finland’s Mikael Granlund scores the goal of the year vs. Russia

May 13, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

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While Finland was busy upsetting Russia today at the World Championships 3-0 to book a date in the gold medal game against rival Sweden, we got a glimpse of what the future might be like for the Minnesota Wild thanks to their 2010 first round pick Mikael Granlund.

During the second period with the game locked in a scoreless tie, Granlund carried the puck around the Russian net while being chased down by the defense. With the Russian defense unable to keep up with him, Granlund did something we haven’t seen in some time. He picked the puck up on his stick and scored a stunning lacrosse-style goal to beat and embarrass Konstantin Barulin and the Russians.

The last time we saw something like this was 1996 in the NCAA Tournament when the University of Michigan’s Mike Legg beat the University of Minnesota with a similar goal. Sidney Crosby too has pulled the trick off in the past. For now though, it’s Granlund’s moment to shine. We’re pretty sure fans in Minnesota might pass out from the excitement of seeing an actually talented offensive skill player doing crazy things like this. It’s been a few years since they’ve seen that.

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  1. itscalledfloorball - May 13, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    it was a stunning Floorball style goal, not Lacrosse, love lacrosse…but these types of goals are from Floorball, especially when the player “Granlund” is from Finland where Floorball is their national obsession. just sayin’ sports reporters should really know this by now, afterall, Floorball is going to be an Olympic sport(was just voted In!)

  2. sknut - May 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    That was sweet. I can’t wait to see him in a Wild Sweater. I hope they don’t rush him though. It will be nice to have some legit offensive talent.

  3. hokipro - May 13, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    to “itscalledfloorball”, I don’t remember much ‘lacrosse’, or ‘zorro’ style airhooking goals in floorball before they introduced it in hockey late 90’s. I believe it was after they started doing it in hockey it became more popular in floorball (where it’s definitely a LOT easier ) It’s true that it’s been very ‘common’ in floorball in last years, but I wouldn’t say that it was invented in that sport… Granlund and his brother Markus have scored a bit similar goals in past (youtube them if you like) in lower league games, but NEVER has anyone scored like that in such an important and high level game, so all respect to this latest superstar of finnish ice hockey! Finland got their Teemu Selänne, and now they might have something even bigger in they ice hockey world. And check out the shootout goals of Granlund (also in 2011 games against Germany)… A lot of finnish athletes have a nickname like ‘Iceman’ (Kimi Räikkönen in F1 etc.), but I think this guy is one of the more iciest of them all…

    • itscalledfloorball - May 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      hokipro, I am not disputing the origins of airhooking or zorro goals, I am just saying that for sports reporters to say Granlund scored a lacrosse style goal versus a foorball style goal just proves their own ignorance. Everyone in Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Switzerland etc. knows that the Granlund goal is inspired by the Floorball style. In those hockey countries, the slick tricks are attempted on the ice, and then they are honed and accelerated with a Floorball stick- off-ice. ask Selanne, Omark, Zucarello Aasen, Gaborik, Edler, the Sedins the Hossas, Hedman, Paajarvi etc etc. they will set the record straight. It’s Floorball style not Lacrosse style

      The real injustice of the comment is this…if American kids were playing and practicing tricks with Floorball sticks and balls, we would see these entertaining displays of skill on the ice, in Junior, College, and Pro Hockey way more often than we do now.

      Lacrosse is a great game for many reasons, but developing players to score goals like Granlund did yesterday comes from Floorball and Hockey.

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