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VIDEO: Mason Raymond scores on spin-o-rama in shootout

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

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Mason Raymond did a lot of good for himself in the Toronto Maple Leafs' home opener. He scored the team's first goal and notched two assists. Not bad for a guy the Leafs brought in on a professional tryout contract this offseason.

Raymond also scored in the shootout on a perfect spin-o-rama, though he did draw the ire of the Ottawa Senators who may have been arguing that Raymond had stopped moving at some point during the attempt. However, the puck kept moving, which is all that really matters.

You may recall the NHL was looking to rid the shootout of the spin-o-rama type goals, but that never ended up happening this offseason.

Here are a few excerpts from the NHL's rulebook on penalty shot procedure. From 24.2:

The puck must be kept in motion towards the opponent's goal line and once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete.

The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion.

This is certainly a bit confusing, but the rule specifically identifies the spin-o-rama as permissible, even though in many cases the puck is not moving “towards the opponent's goal line” when a player makes that move. The puck still moves, though, which is apparently why it's permissible.

With the win, the Maple Leafs improved to 3-0-0 on the season and Raymond now has four points through his first three games with Toronto.

 
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