Tag:Linus Omark
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:10 pm

Shootout skills on display at RDO Camp Day 2

By Brian Stubits

While the NHL Research and Development Camp is mostly about testing new ideas and changes to the game, it's also about getting a look at some of the top prospect for next summer's draft. And a chance for said prospects to show a thing or two.

When it came time for a skills competition, a few guys showed off some serious skills.

Check out Mathew Campagna go at the goalie with one hand and the puck off the ice.

There have some excellent displays, many of them this summer. There was Linus Omark. We saw one from Isles prospect Ryan Strome. And there was this from Israel's Eliezer Sherbatov. But this attempt in particular is as impressive as I have seen. I don't much care that it didn't go in the net, the ability that takes is tremendous.

These shootout attempts are quickly starting to rival the NBA's slam dunk contest for me. It's the sport's equivalent and I am finding it as entertaining to watch them as the outdated dunks.

But the prospects weren't done. Not to be out done, Andreas Athanasiou took his shot, getting the puck airborne and punching it over the goalie and into the cage between his legs.

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 5:53 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 6:53 pm

More shootout fun with Linus Omark

By: Adam Gretz

When it comes to shootout creativity few players are better than Edmonton's Linus Omark. In his NHL debut last season he infuriated several members of the Tampa Bay Lightning, including Martin St. Louis, when he did a spin-o-rama at the blue line before netting the deciding goal in a 4-3 win.

His exploits in Europe and the Minor Leagues are the stuff of YouTube legend, and here's another recent one that's surfaced from his native Sweden that comes via the HFBoards. It's not one of his better efforts, but it's another example of the sort of flare Omark has when he steps on the ice and takes on goalies one-on-one.

It's not hard to understand why some people frown upon it and view him as some sort of hot dog, because let's face it, moves like that aren't really a necessity for him to score (like the blue line spin move last season, it's mainly done to throw off the goaltenders timing ... or perhaps because he just enjoys showing off), but it works. And as long as there's nothing in the rules that prevents it, why not keep doing it?

I like it, and think the NHL could use a few more guys like him. It's all about entertainment, people.

In his NHL debut last season he scored five goals to go with 22 assists in 51 games.

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:56 am
Edited on: March 2, 2011 4:21 am

Morning skate 3-2-11: Quick payoffs

Jason Arnott assisted on the equalizer for the Washington Capitals with 48 seconds left in regulation. Rostislav Klesla’s helper was part of the Phoenix Coyotes’ late run. Scottie Upshall forced OT with a second-period goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets

Overall, several deadline day acquisitions made immediate impacts as they donned new sweaters on Tuesday. That’s not even counting Brad Boyes (power-play goal for the Buffalo Sabres) and Cory Stillman (goal and an assist for the Carolina Hurricanes), both acquired days before Monday’s deadline who also contributed to their new teams. (OK, it was also for an old team in Stillman’s case.)

Here’s a breakdown of the highlights: 

GREAT 8 RESURFACES: No, not the ice -- even if Alex Ovechkin has blended into the background during some games as much as your average Zamboni driver this season. Ovechkin, who is almost certain to finish with a career low in goals, scored his 25th of the season -- and quietly his league-leading ninth game-winning goal -- in overtime to send the Caps to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders. (He also had a secondary assist on Brooks Laich’s goal in the final minute of regulation.) Nathan Lawson, playing his ninth NHL game, made a game-high 40 saves before Ovechkin made a stellar deke 1:55 into the extra period. Here’s the video: 

DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE DESERT: The Phoenix Coyotes’ rally from two goals down late in the third period against the division rival Dallas Stars sputtered not long after Ray Whitney tied the game with 38 seconds left. Radim Vrbata took a hooking penalty – an infraction Stars forward Mike Ribeiro made sure the refs didn’t miss -- with 13 seconds left in regulation. Jamie Benn then scored with five seconds left in regulation (video below) as the Stars moved up two slots in the standings with those vital two points via the 3-2 victory. 

Bruins’ PERFECT FINISH: The Boston Bruins wrapped up their first 6-0 trip since Bobby Orr roamed the blue line with a 1-0 victory in Ottawa. (That 1972 season was also the last time Boston hoisted the Stanley Cup.) Nathan Horton banged in the game’s lone goal early in the third period for the Bruins, who were called “spaghetti-legged” by CSN Boston’s Joe Haggerty. Tuukka Rask, who won his fourth consecutive game, made 33 saves in the shutout. 

LINE CHANGES: Buffalo Sabers goalie Ryan Miller has appeared more locked than at any point this season, which doesn’t bode well for teams vying for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Miller stopped 29 shots in the Sabres’ 3-2 victory over the host New York Rangers --- the seventh consecutive game he’s given up two or fewer goals. Entering play Wednesday, the Sabres are a point behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East and Buffalo has two games in hand. . . . In a night that featured eight one-goal games and one two-goal game that included an empty-netter, no contest went as long as Columbus Blue Jackets-Vancouver Canucks. Roberto Luongo, who has been knocked previously for his play in the shootouts, earned a 2-1 decision after an eight-round shootout. . . . The San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers also won in shootouts. The nod for the snazziest goal in the post-overtime portion goes Edmonton’s Linus Omark. Here's a look: 

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