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Video: Wild goalie Backstrom whiffs on Kreider’s soft shot

Dec 22, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

At the end of the season, and on paper, it will look like Chris Kreider went top shelf with a blistering wrist shot.

But the video evidence shows otherwise. Kreider, the New York Rangers’ forward, fanned on his shot as he was breaking into the Minnesota zone down the left wing, but still managed to beat Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, who simply whiffed on the puck as it slid past him.

Just one of those nights.

The Wild were badly outplayed throughout most of the game, and were soundly beaten 4-1 by the host Rangers. Kreider’s goal gave New York a three-goal cushion in the third period.

  1. devilsarethebest - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    This is Vesa Toskla bad

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Sorry Devils, but Vesa stands alone on his classic. He had about 7 minutes to decide how to play it from 177 feet away. By comparison, this was a blast from close range. OK, maybe not a BLAST blast, and yeah, my dead dog could have stopped it, but compareth not with Vesa. And in deference to your moniker, I’ll refrain from even mentioning how the winningest goalie ever once dropped his stick trying to play a dump-in in the SC Finals and had the puck bounce off said stick and into the net.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    No I’d say this is VESA bad bc this isn’t bouncing so those two “shots” are about equal

  3. 950003cups - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Backstroke sucks. Been telling y’all that for a while. Big games and he’s “injured”. Must win, and he can’t stop a beachball.

  4. adlent - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Backstrom actually had a really good game and got hung out to dry on several occasions and bailed them out. These types of things happen. It’s happened to me. You are reading one sort of shot and getting your body in position and a guy whiffs on it, changing speed and location, and it looks like you let in a softy. Should he stop that? Sure. Does that one play mean he sucks. Not at all.

  5. cpbialois - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Whiff goals suck. You’re moving to anticipate the shot then get stuck wide open. There’s not a big enough hole for you to crawl into when that happens. lol

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