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Evgeni Malkin’s shootout spin-o-rama was incredible

Feb 8, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

If Evgeni Malkin winds up being the league MVP this year, you can almost assuredly guarantee that his shootout goal against Montreal last night will be part of the highlight package.

Malkin took his turn during the shootout hoping to even things up and boy did he ever. Malkin busted out the spin-o-rama on Canadiens goalie Carey Price who was helpless to defend against Malkin’s silky smooth moves.

Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Malkin’s goal was the highlight off the shootout as the Canadiens wound up winning the game in the skills competition after Tomas Plekanec ended it in the seventh round. After all those attempts, however, it’s Malkin’s goal that we’re left stunned by today.

  1. dial1911 - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Amazing goal, but I do have a question. Doesn’t the puck need to be advanced toward the net throughout the entire penalty shot? In most of these spin-o-rama goals, it seems that the puck spends at least some time at a dead stop, or heading away from the net; I was under the impression that the play should then be blown dead. I don’t wear the stripes, though, so maybe I am missing something.

    • letangshair - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      I believe that’s only a penalty shot. Doesn’t apply in the shootout.

      • dial1911 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        Alright, so here’s what I’m seeing:

        Rule 84.4 Shootout – During regular-season games, if the game remains tied at the end of the five (5) minute overtime period, the teams will proceed to a shootout. The rules governing the shootout shall be the same as those listed under Rule 24 – Penalty Shot.

        Rule 24.2 Procedure – … The puck must be kept in motion towards the opponent’s goal line and once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete….
        The lacrosse-like move whereby the puck is picked up on the blade of the stick and “whipped” into the net shall be permitted provided the puck is not raised above the height of the shoulders at any time and when released, is not carried higher than the crossbar. See also 80.1.
        The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion.

        So there it is. I was missing something: the rules.

    • dougr42 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      As long as the puck is still in motion, the forward progress of the player (and I guess the puck) isn’t taken into account in the shootout.

      For example: this Briere goal where he stops but keeps stick handling, then scores.

  2. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    don’t argue about the goal it was the greatest you’ll ever see in your life

    • dsd3 - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Um, no.

    • lsxphotog - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Pittsburgh Penguin fans are seriously the dumbest fans the NHL has. Wow.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      That’s only as good as the other shootout spin-o-ramas we’ve seen this year (Raymond and Eller come to mind), but I’d hardly say it’s the best ever.

    • dewzer - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      Hardly. My 8 year old Mite pulls this move off all the time.

    • brian32556 - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      It was good, and he IS a great player. But that wasn’t the best spin-o-rama we’ve ever seen by a long stretch. He was kinda herky jerky. No doubt tho, he’ll try to do it better another time. P.S. I’m a die hard Ranger’s fan.

  3. napoleonblownapart6887 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    dial – thanks for the clarification. I always knew that the spin-o-rama is within the rules, but I didn’t know it was an explicit exception like that.

    Fantastic goal either way. Glad the Pens got a point – games against Montreal always get everybody hyped up.

  4. dougr42 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Haven’t like 10 other players done this exact move over the last 2 years?

    • jrmehle - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Pierre-Marc Bouchard was the first! Eat it Khabibulin.

      • dougr42 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM


    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      I thought the same thing. It’s a nice move, but not incredible. Lots of guys pull it off.

  5. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    shut ur hole malkins was the best

    • letangshair - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      and thats just a scientific fact.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        Sounds more like Creationism…in that it’s a load of crap.

  6. jrmehle - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    The puck’s momentum almost never stays 100% towards the net. Think about it. Players deke and juggle the puck constantly. At some point it will be technically moving away from the net.

    You want a good example of this? Go find Patrick Kane’s shootout goal against the Wild from mid-December.

  7. jpelle82 - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    whats wrong with letang? he used to be butter in the shootout and has been slacking lately…he hasnt converted in a while. you can see he is indecisive…get it together boy

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      It seems like he’s not sure whether to come with speed or to bring it in slow. I’ve noticed of late as well that he kind of 75%’s his way in and doesn’t seem to have a plan.

      Hopefully he gets back to basics during the daily shootouts in practice and gets it figured out.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        he is definitely overthinking it

  8. serbvet1 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I have seen better out of Datsyuk.

    • nogoodtomedead - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Datsyuk is the best player in the NHL. And I’m a sharks fan- not a red wing homer

  9. greynraney - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    It is my opinion that plays like this are bad for hockey. It’s a deceitful move that belongs on the pond, not in the NHL arena. This play should be taken out of shootouts.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      The goal of every shot – shootout, penalty shot, or any other shot for that matter – is to deceive the goalie. I do not understand what point you could possibly be trying to make saying its a deceitful move….

      • greynraney - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        It’s deceitful because that kind of play doesn’t involve skill or talent. I’m not paying to watch “spin-o-rama” – I want to see NHL players use their NHL talent and skill on the ice to BEAT the goalie, not trick them. NHL players are better than that!

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        It involves just as much talent, skill, dexterity, and athletecism as any other deke players make. Also I’d like to point out here that BEAT and TRICK are basically synonymous the way you are using them.

        Get down off your high horse and enjoy a great play.

  10. ravenscaps48 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    2 points… 1.) I thought a player has to keep forward motion during a Shootout Attempt / Penalty Shot ( It looks like on most of these spin o rama goals that the player stops, to me at least) ?.. And 2.) What’s the point of having the crease? Bring back how it used to be where only the Goalie can be in the blue. If your not going to do that, then why don’t you let teams find sponsers for it and put a logo on it. That is all

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM


    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      1) Per dial’s rule quoting above that’s not the case.

      2) Goalies are coming out further and further to cut down angles in the shootouts, and are using the pokechecks and things like that more and more as well. The crease still gets watched in regulation play, but more often than not they let them fly in the shootouts – seems fair to me.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        yup…just watch fleury in a shootout…the pokecheck is killer. thats why he has the best s/o numbers out there.

  11. mgp1219 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    youtube: Oliver Wahlstrom

  12. vismund11 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Can we just all go to youtube and see Mikhail Grabovski’s spin o rama that was 100 times more spectacular? Really though, everyone does this move now and Frankenstein pulling it off is not that amazing when its pretty much the go-to move in a shootout these days.

    • tk1966 - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Really? The “go-to move.. these days”?

      A wee bit of an exaggeration, there, isn’t it?

      I watch at least 3+ games a week (usually more), and honestly this is the first time this year I have seen that move used, live, in a game I watched (at least where it worked). Now, that’s not to say it hasn’t been used this year – yes you can look up this guy or that guy on you-tube. But it is far from the “go-to” move. If it was, then more than one out of the seventeen scoring attempts in the shootout in that game would have been a “spin” move.

      But maybe it is your obvious bias talking…

  13. hockinj25 - Feb 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Todd Bertuzzi does this move almost every time he is in a shootout (which is a lot for recently) so its really not that impressive.

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