The Winnipeg Jets star winger netted the shootout winner against the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night and beat Brian Elliott with a deke hockey fans have come to expect. Laine has now scored four regular-season shootout goals on five career attempts and he uses the same move each time. The 19-year-old Finnish sniper has one of the best shots in the league — he might just have the best release in all of hockey — so the goalie must respect that. When Laine picks up the puck at centre ice he does so with just enough speed that it forces the netminders to back up into their own net at a decent pace. The puck doesn’t move too much but by the time he hits the hash marks he quickens his stickhandling ever so slightly and doesn’t make his final move to the forehand until he’s at the lip of the crease when he tucks the puck in five-hole.
Jets’ Patrik Laine has uncanny ability to score using same shootout move
Sportsnet | Nov 17