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Video: Grabovski slaps one home … on a penalty shot

Dec 8, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

There are many head-turning moves one can use on a breakaway/penalty shot, but few have the courage to unleash a lethal slap shot. Mikhail Grabovski went with that on Sunday, giving the Washington Capitals a 3-0 lead, as he beat New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist:

It brings to mind some memorable moments, including Evgeni Malkin getting clobbered by Mike Richards, only to score brazenly against the Philadelphia Flyers in a May 9, 2008 playoff game:

So, any issues with a slapper taken so close to an opposing goalie?

  1. jaguar0413 - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    You’ve got to be joking right? The object is to score. Grabovski did. End of story.

    • missthemexpos - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I thought this was some sort of joke also, might as well not have slam dunks in basketball.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      I thought maybe James just didn’t know what a faux-pas is. He’s a blogger, not a journalist, but he doubled down with that last line.

      It’s as good a strategy as any. If a guy places a clapper on a penalty shot the goalie has exactly zero chance of stopping that puck. Like any move in the SO, it only looks bad if you miss.

    • dcfan4life - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Did he seriously ask if anyone has a problem with someone scoring on a penalty shot? At least he added 2 great videos…

  2. skeeterbarnes - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    No problem with this at all. Matter of fact, I prefer this to a spin-o-rama (walks a fine line on legality almost every time) or super slow fancy stick handling stuff that rarely works.

    • jl9830 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      I have no problem with spin-o-rama’s. I pay to be entertained. If they can score doing that, more power to them.

  3. killerpgh - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    I think it was Scott Stevens many years ago that took to a slap shot on a penalty shot. Although he did it from the center ice face-off dot. I don’t think he scored tho.

  4. metalization1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Seriously? I don’t see a problem. He took a shot on net to score. Last time I checked you were supposed to do that in hockey.

  5. blastardo - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    When was the last time you saw someone score a snapshot goal on a penalty shot?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      When was the last time Brian Rolston played a game? That would be your answer.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

  6. mrpinkca - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    The idea that this would be some sort of faux pas is absurd. I’m 95% certain this was the way everyone took penalty shots back in the 70’s. No dekes, no spin-o-rama’s–slap shots. And back then the goalies were all wearing Jacques Plante style masks.

  7. sheckyrimshot - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    pfft.. fulton reed did this for team usa in the jr goodwill games like 20 years ago.

  8. enollatsknarf - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Lamest attempt at controversy I’ve seen in a while.

  9. ryanprzy - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    I don’t think that James is implying that it’s a controversial way to score as much as he was implying that it was an entertaining way to score.

    Scoring on a slap shot from point blank on a penalty shot/shootout goal is not a sure thing by any means. What I’m saying is that it’s just as difficult to score on the shot itself as it is difficult to stop. It’s an equal test between the shooter and the goalie, so there’s no controversy here.

    The goalie has an advantage in positioning since there’s no left-right movement in the split-seconds it takes for the shooter to wind up for the shot, but the shooter has an advantage in the speed of the shot and the proximity. Those advantages wash eachother out, and so it’s not much different than a deking attempt in that regard…

  10. withseidelinn - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    If you can really wire it (like most of these guys can) why wouldn’t you choose the option that you feel gives the best chance to score?

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