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Video: Malkin pulls off spin-o-rama in shootout

Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:01 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 10:16 am

By Brian Stubits

There was a time that Evgeni Malkin wasn't very good in the shootout. His success rate was low despite the abundant skills that he shows on the ice during games. There's a reason why fans criticize the shootout, and it's largely because it is unlike the rest of the game. There is no team aspect. It appeared Malkin was just a guy whose skills showed better when working in-game.

Either that or he just needed to expand his skillset. Yea, that's probably it.

The Penguins lost a shootout in Montreal on Tuesday night but it was no fault of Malkin's. The favorite for the Hart Trophy this season, Malkin scored one beauty of a goal in the tie-breaker.

That spin-o-rama to beat Carey Price made Malkin 7-of-9 this season in shootouts, behind only his Russian compatriot Ilya Kovalchuk, who is 8-of-9 this season.

Maybe it's the whole Russian/former USSR connection. Everybody knows they tend to have a bit more flair to their games. Perhaps Geno decided to expand the moves by talking to Belarussian Mikhail Grabovski who has pulled the spin-o-rama off on a couple of occasions in his career with the Leafs. Then again, Jason Blake has pulled the same move a couple of times and, well, he's not from the old East Block.

The success rate of the spin-o-rama seems to be on the high side to me without having an official tracker or anything. It's a wonder more guys don't give it a whirl.

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Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:43 am

Video: Malkin pulls off spin-o-rama in shootout

I'm a diehard Pen's fan and love the goal. Would like it even more if it was on a breakaway and legal instead of in a shootout and illegal. NHL needs to either change it's rules for penalty shots/shootouts or start enforcing the rules. The player and the puck is to be moving in a direction towards the goal at all times. Malkin clearly stops and even moves the puck back towards the blue line to complete the spin move. Geno is my favorite player and I love watching his skills on the ice... You can't blame the guy for pulling of a an illegal move that he knows the refs won't call. The onus is on the NHL and they need to step in.

Go Pens! 

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:17 pm

Video: Malkin pulls off spin-o-rama in shootout

Shouldn't count, he just stops skating in the crease.

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