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Video: Leafs’ Ranger gives it his best kick in shootout

Sep 22, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

So, this was Paul Ranger‘s shootout attempt Saturday.

And yes, there was a distinct kicking motion, as he tried to propel the puck off his stick using his foot.Sabres’ goalie Jhonas Enroth didn’t seem too impressed (quote below).

The attempt was unsuccessful – as were an additional 28 others, as the skills competition went to the 15th round with only one goal – but brought a laugh out of the Leafs’ players and coaches.

Interesting thing about Ranger is he’s actually shown decent offensive ability in the past, like when he scored 10 goals and had 31 points with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007-08.

  1. cheliostwin - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Even if the puck had gone in, the goal wouldn’t have counted. The last paragraph of Rule 49.2 states:
    “A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who kicks any
    equipment (stick, glove, helmet, etc.) at the puck, including kicking the
    blade of his own stick, causing the puck to cross the goal line.”

    So the goal would clearly be disallowed.

    • esracerx46 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Come on man. Who cares. Its preseason hockey. He was trying to entertain and he definitely did that. Are you the guy who complains at the all star game when they have the shootout competition?

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      With that wording, I’d have to agree with you.

      But I think it’s something the league should revue. The wording is a little vague. When it was made it was to prevent players from kicking at the puck when it’s loose in the crease. To stop them from kicking and injuring goalies and players in those scrums.

      This move wasn’t anything like that, it’s just a trick slap shot. There’s no reason it shouldn’t count… Too bad he didn’t score. Would have been interesting to see what the Shanahan et al would have made of it.

      That said, I love how players always find new ways to make the NHL look at the rule book and scratch their heads. The Barch-Gallant gentlemanly helmet removal takes the cake this year though.

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