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Video: Vanek does Hertl impression with between the legs goal

Oct 10, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

If Tomas Hertl‘s fourth goal on Tuesday is a very early contender for the best of the season, then Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek‘s goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight deserves to be up there too.

With his team down 1-0 midway through the first period, Steve Ott fed the puck to Vanek, who shot the puck between his legs to beat goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. You can see the goal for yourself below:

While the goal isn’t identical to Hertl, it’s worth noting that the 19-year-old rookie drew some criticism for his actions.

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates in particular was a vocal opponent, suggesting that the move was disrespectful and a “rookie mistake.” Thomas Vanek is 29 years old and, as and PHT’s Joe Yerdon pointed out, he attempted the manuever a second time.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Stop the puck and we won’t have to have a discussion of how nifty that goal was.

    • cg28rulz - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Thomas Vanek is not even in the same zip code as Hertl!!! cherry picking takes no skill! comparing vaneks cherry picking deflection between his ad hertl’s disgustingly skillful goal skating at full speed is like comparing a 1970’s Ford Pinto to a 2014 chevy corvette. C’MON MAN!!

      • drhockeysm7 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        cg28, Do you even know what cherry picking means?

      • TJ - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Cherry picking ≠ being left alone in front of the net

      • cg28rulz - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        dr hockey look up cherry picking in the hockey dictionary and it will say see thomas vanek

      • cg28rulz - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        watch the replay was there anybody besides him and the goalie when he scored the goal?? the correct answer is no watch the video again and open your eyes stop listening to that babbling old buffoon that calls the first niagra fairys games

      • jpelle82 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        cherry picking is waiting at the opposing blue line for a pass while the play is in your own defensive zone…doesnt apply here…you cant cherry pick in front of the net because you would be offside…he was left alone while the puck was still in the zone, not cherry picking, just bad defense, couldve been any player standing there

      • cg28rulz - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        im sure he was waiting at the blue line when the sequence began because thats the only area he plays is from his opponents blue line and in

      • cg28rulz - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        the only point i am trying to make is that yes that was a pretty nice goal BUT it is in no way shape or form in the same categorie as the goal it is being compared to. agreed?

      • cg28rulz - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        gotta love sabres fans sense of reality

  2. Stiller43 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Sad to hear oates complain about it. You dont want people to “disrespect” you? Dont let them score NINE goals, and have a 19 yr old rookie score FOUR himself.

    As for the move itself…no problem with it. Im guessing he knows what works for him and what doesnt and if he thinks “hey, i have a good chance to score doing this,” then more power to him. Like i said, stop him if you dont want him to do it

  3. nogoodtomedead - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Damn- Oates is gonna be pissed!!

    • desertfan - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Oates is an idiot!!

      Score however you can- we need the goals and the fun!!

  4. sjtorpitt - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Oates will be more pissed because in Hertl’s case he understood that he was a rookie, and new to the American/Canadian way of hockey. Vanek is a veteran. I personally have no problem with this type of stuff, but there will be some ppl who will criticize him.

    • hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      I’m actually starting to like this type of shot more and more. Yes it’s entertaining. But from a goalie’s perspective you are following the direction of the player and cutting off his angle based on his body position and the puck position – this shot is effing hard to defend. The puck comes back the other way without the player’s body ever opening up.

      If the defense is in the right spot, this shot is risky for the shooter. Don’t want to be caught with your stick between your legs with someone like Chara or Orpik near you. If they aren’t, woops….their fault!

  5. sjsharks66 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    That was a sick goal.

  6. titansbro - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Hertl goal was better

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      No doubt. It’s just fun to see how truly talented they are with a stick in their hands.

  7. bagjr387 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    thats funny cuz I dont remember Hertl being -5 as a team captain?

  8. jcmeyer10 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Bettman is thinking, “more please, Oates can shove it. He doesn’t get paid if people don’t watch the games”.

  9. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Was not “showboating/disrespecting”. It was the only way he was going to get the shot off in that situation – and a great goal beating a very good goalie.

    Ain’t nothin to complain about.

  10. 19to77 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Great. Now we’re running every skill play under Adam Oates’ microscope of approval.

    • Anoesis - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Which at this point I can only take to mean that if it pisses Oates off the player must be pretty good. Screw Oates and his idiotic tantrum.

  11. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    How dare Vanek ‘show off’ his skill? Dude needs to be more old school.

  12. sharkmaster88 - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Adam Oates has no room to talk he has the biggest showboat on his team the Whinney Alex O! I have totally lost respect for Adam Oates I use to think he was a class act

  13. pizzaman77 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Correction: Vanek does best Vanek impression

    • thomasvanek - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      True that

  14. pxland - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Well when it comes to “embarrassing the league” you can’t do much better than the sabres.

  15. censoredpost - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Disrespectful. No flashy moves in the offensive zone. Someone might get embarrassed. Fans might cheer. God forbid a couple guys might even get assists. Right Adam?

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