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Watch: Craig Smith's incredible empty net miss

Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:16 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 10:59 am
By: Adam Gretz

Nashville's Craig Smith is an early contender, if not the early favorite, for the NHL's rookie of the year award, entering Thursday's game against Toronto tied for the team lead in scoring, as well as the league-wide in scoring among rookies with 14 points

Late in the third period of the Predator's 4-1 win over Toronto, he made a play that will probably be left off of his rookie highlight reel by missing an empty net from point-blank range, completely firing the puck over the cage ... and then celebrating what he thought was a goal, all while the goal horn went off in the background.

The "what?!" reaction of Predators coach Barry Trotz at the 10-second mark on the bench is incredible.

For years, Patrick Stefan's epic miss in Edmonton, when he was a member of the Dallas Stars, was the empty net miss that all others were measured against, but this one might give it a run for its money. The only thing Smith's has going for it to keep it below Stefan's was that Smith's didn't result in the other team taking the puck the length of the ice and scoring a game-tying goal.

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Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:52 pm

Watch: Craig Smith's incredible empty net miss

The KID should "LAUGH" at himself ... It would me MUCH EASIER to deal with if he did ... And it would "go away" much faster too .. He looks more like an idiot if he sits there and sulks about it ... lol ... Have FUN with it - LAUGH ( be "human" ) ; p

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:59 pm

Watch: Craig Smith's incredible empty net miss

Stefans miss is still 100 times worse because the result was a last second game tying goal.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:09 am

Watch: Craig Smith's incredible empty net miss

That is one of the most incredible plays of the year.    Hilarious.   Poor rookies, lol.

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