Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Great moments in shootout history

Some day, you punk kids will learn to have
some respect for terrible, whiny goalies.
The shootout has long been a topic that divides hockey fans. Many feel that it's an overly long and drawn out skills competition, a cheap gimmick that diminishes the emphasis on team play and tarnishes the integrity of the game. Others disagree, pointing out that it's actually not all that long.

The shootout was back in the spotlight yet again in recent days, along with a debate over what constitutes proper shootout etiquette. From Flames' goalie Henrik Karlsson's fist-pumping save celebrations to Oiler rookie Linus Omark's premature spinorama, it seems like we may be faced with a sudden need to establish a shootout code of conduct.

But while the shootout may cause its share of headaches, there's no disputing that it has also created some unique hockey memories. Here's a sampling of some of some of the most indelible moments from the brief history of the NHL shootout.

December 10, 2010 - A disappointed Linus Omark is forced to switch to Plan B after officials refuse to allow him to bring his ladder and bucket of confetti onto the ice.

November 2, 2009 - Continuing his impressive streak as the only player in NHL history to be successful on every career shootout attempt, Gregory Campbell scores on his patented move of skating directly at the goaltender while yelling "get out of the way or my dad will suspend you!"

October 21, 2008 - In an effort to improve their chances of taking home two points, Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson pulls Vesa Toskala before the shootout begins and replaces him with an old shoelace dangling from the crossbar.

November 27, 2010 - Olli Jokinen streaks in across the blueline, kicks the puck up to his skates and executes a breathtaking spinorama before being stopped by an arena worker who explains that game is already over and the Flames lost 7-1 in regulation.

January 1, 2008 - After giving up the game-winning shootout goal to Sidney Crosby to end the first ever outdoor Winter Classic, the Sabres' Ryan Miller comforts himself by telling reporters "Oh well, at least I know that's the worst game-ending five hole goal I'll ever give up to that guy on national television".

March 24, 2010 - Despite scoring on his first career attempt, Canadiens' defenceman P.K. Subban receives near-unanimous criticism from within the hockey community after he briefly cracks a facial expression.

October 25, 2005 - Amid echoes of shots and clouds of gun smoke, the first shootout in Dallas Stars history resumes after the public address announcer sternly admonishes the Texas crowd that that's not the kind of "shootout" they meant and they know it.

November 10, 2010 - Crafty veteran sniper Ilya Kovalchuk takes full advantage of an advanced scouting report that Sabres' goalie Jhonas Enroth has trouble with slow rollers towards the side boards.

April 11, 2010 - The Flyers eliminate the Rangers from playoff contention on the season's final day when Chris Pronger scores the winner on a move he calls "glue the puck to the front of a stolen zamboni and then run over Henrik Lundqvist while he's taking a drink from his water bottle".

March 11, 2009 - The Vancouver Canucks lose a heartbreaker when Alex Burrows is denied on a brilliant goalmouth kick save by Stephane Auger.

November 3, 2009 - Players begin to realize that the best way to score on Ottawa's Pascal Leclaire is by coming in as slowly as possible, since given enough time he'll eventually keel over from some random injury and you can just tap it into the open net.

February 13, 2008 - After being given a rare shootout opportunity, a confused and frightened Tomas Kaberle spends the next 45 minutes circling the offensive zone in an desperate attempt to find someone to pass to.


  1. This deserves 5 stars! The Gregory Campbell and Chris Pronger jokes are the best. I was happy to see a Toskala reference again, but where's a Kyle Wellwood one? :P

    Has Pascal Leclaire now taken over the "Most Injured Goalie" title from Rick DiPietro?

  2. brilliant! simply brilliant... lmao!!!!

    ~ cheers....

    @ laughing...
    oh, and kyle wellwood will have the jumbo curly fries please... and can you super-size his diet coke?

  3. wow, i actually laughed out loud at this one, brilliant!

  4. The Kaberle one at the end made me cry with laughter. AMAZING.

  5. thanks for bringing back memories of the Golden Goal

  6. Was expecting a Jason Allison joke here..

  7. This post was a beauty.

  8. Praise for an Oiler? Bashing the Flames? References to the Golden Goal? Love it.

  9. I LOLed at the Ryan Miller one.

  10. It has been long since the last Toskala reference. Thanks for this one. Again.


  11. The Leafs ought to make Kaberle take every shootout attempt as a form of therapy.

  12. Crosby vs Miller - absolutely BRILLIANT!

    As usual, well done!

  13. The Subban joke is spot on. Having facial expressions simply isn't the white way.

  14. If you were looking for real-life shootout hilarity, check out this gem:

  15. Whats with the Olli Jokinen one? Anyone have a video of whats going on?

  16. when i saw the title, i was fully expecting this to be a blank post.

  17. this is halarious. seriously. best hockey blog in the internet.

    funny stuff

  18. The Crosby vs Miller bit makes me want to give Miller a hug. The Kovalchuk vs Enroth bit makes me want to high-five Enroth. The idea of Kaberle being confused and frightened for 45 minutes makes me laugh and then want to give him a hug and a pep talk.

    DGB, you amuse me greatly.

  19. down goes down goes brownDecember 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Im going to go against the grain here and say DGB, you've fallen off. What happened to obscure moments in leafs history, or you know, funny game recaps? The Joke lists are getting old.

  20. I'm about to be "that guy"...

    ...really? first ever outdoor winter classic? I think there may have been one up North prior to that

  21. But the Canadian game wasn't part of the Winter Classic series. Like this year's game in Calgary, it was called the Heritage Classic.

  22. Check your NHL rulebook, running the goalie is not a foul in the eyes of NHL officials.

    Neither is slew footing if you are Sid Crosby. It's actually a penalty on the other team.

  23. You should make a continuation of these articles whenever you have the chance :

    Even the worst predictions can't beat reality.

  24. @Anonymous...

    I'm literally not convinced I have the emotional strength to revisit that series.

    It still kills me that I wrote a hilariously over-the-top negative prediction of the 2008-09 season that turned out to be wildly optimistic.

    "Toskala steals several games, and Ron Wilson installs a defensive system that cuts down on the turnovers and mistakes". Dear lord....

  25. I considered giving this 4 stars for the Ryan Miller jab, but I immediately gave it 5 after seeing the last point about Kaberle.