NHL Blurb: Shootout Goals of Beauty

The Detroit Red Wings have developed and maintained a stacked roster of veteran players with an unbelievable amount of skill over the past several seasons. Pavel Datsyuk of course, is the most note-worthy with his brilliance and even wizardy with a 3″ vulcanized rubber disc, but other Red Wings have stepped to the plate in the last three to four seasons. Henrik Zetterberg showcased the Red Wings’ depth to the hockey world yet again, on Thursday night (Jan 12), with a beauty of a game-winning shootout goal against net-minder Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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In my book, Zetterberg’s goal is the top contender against the shooutout game-winner scored by the Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane on Nicklas Backstrom (of the Minnesota Wild) in the category of best shootout goal for the first half of the NHL 2011-2012 regular season.

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Although not in contention since it was scored last year, Linus Omark of the Edmonton Oilers had an exciting and skillful, yet controversial shootout game winner against Tampa Bay Lightning’s Dan Ellis that I felt had to be shared in relevance.

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Do you have a favorite shootout goal, or maybe even a shootout save that you think tops these? Link us to them in the comments section below.

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