With two points in the balance and 65 minutes of dead even hockey in the books, hockey's purest form of one on one unfolds for the entire arena to witness. The shootout, which was brought into the league following the lockout of the 04-05 season, pits each team's top shooters against the netminder and has created some of the most entertaining moments of the last few years.
Moves that players would normally only try after practice get broken out for the shootout, leaving goalies' dreams crushed and the stadium in euphoria. There is no easier way to become the hero than the shootout.
So here they are, the best shootout goals in recent NHL history. Enjoy.
Pierre Marc- Bouchard has clearly perfected this move. He has scored with the spin move in live action, so the fact that he could bury it in a shootout comes as no surprise.
Widely considered one of the best shootout goals of all time, Malik's work on this goal becomes even more impressive when you realize that he stands at 6'6'' tall.
Mike Riberio has a very impressive stable of shootout moves at his disposal. In this goal he appears to combine a few of them into a jaw-dropping goal.
I know this isn't NHL, but I figured I give you all a glimpse of what's coming up the pipeline in Long Island. Nino Niederreiter is a phenomenal talent and has a definite knack for the incredible.
What would this list be without the inclusion of the great Alexander Ovechkin? This guy has sick hands, but his shot is flat out disgusting.
I've seen players execute the leg kick in the shootout, but Rick Nash took it to a new level on this shootout attempt.
Jussi Jokinen was the best of the best when the shootout was first brought in to the NHL. He had a handful of moves that goaltenders couldn't stop. This was one of them,
Martin St. Louis brings the crowd to its feet when the action is live, but the pint-sized goal scorer has a few tricks up his sleeve when he is placed into a one on one battle with the goaltender.
Ryan Getzlaf is known as a power forward. Nobody can deny that. However, Getzlaf has a tremendous amount of skill as well. On this particular penalty shot, Getzlaf shows off his underrated hands for the whole crowd to see.
Nazem Kadri may be a rookie in the NHL, but his shootout moves are those of a seasoned veteran. With a backhander like Kadri's, not to many teams are going to look forward to facing the Leafs in a shootout.
Sam Gagner has not quite put it all together as a player in the NHL just yet, but while he develops into an elite offensive weapon for the Edmonton Oilers the club can at least enjoy his bag of tricks in the shootout.
Pavel Datsyuk is the king of the shootout. He stick-handles like a magician and has undressed goaltenders since he stepped on the ice.
This might be his very best work.
Why is it that every time Datsyuk scores he insists on making the goaltender look like a complete and total fool?