KHL All-Star breakaway attempt better than anything from NHL

Jared Clinton
Nikita Gusev (via YouTube/KHL)

The NHL’s All-Star Skills Competition may boast props and silliness, but this move by Nikita Gusev at the KHL’s Skills Competition is simply downright ridiculous.

Last night saw Ottawa Senators rookie Mike Hoffman try, on more than one occasion, to scoop the puck up lacrosse-style to score a goal. But Gusev does that one better. Or two better even, depending on who you ask. Take a look at this and try to wrap your head around how the 22-year-old Russian does this so effortlessly. Read more

Shea Weber unloads 108.5 MPH blast at All-Star Skills

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Shea Weber  (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Zdeno Chara may not be in Columbus for All-Star weekend, but he’s certainly going to be hearing about Shea Weber’s booming blast that nearly unseated his Hardest Shot Competition record.

Weber, the Nashville Predators blueliner who has put pucks through the net on more than one occasion and blasted holes in the boards with his booming slapshot, stepped up and fired an absolute laser during one of the night’s most famous events. Blink and you’ll miss it. Read more

Shootout save of the year at All-Star Skills? Luongo might have made it so

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Roberto Luongo (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The All-Star weekend may be all about offense, but in the final event of the Skills Competition, the shootout relay, Florida Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo made one of the best shootout stops you’ll see all season.

With Montreal Canadiens winger Jiri Sekac barreling in on him and moving every which way, Luongo was faked out of his net and began sliding in the wrong direction. With a wide a open net and all the room in the world, the rookie sensation went to slide the puck into the net, but not before Luongo came back with a desperation glove save. Read more

Max Domi does the unthinkable for breakaway tally

Jared Clinton
(via YouTube)

For those who didn’t know Max Domi, the World Junior Championship was somewhat of a coming out party. But if he wasn’t on your radar yet, he is now.

During Friday night’s game between Domi’s London Knights and the Sarnia Sting, the crafty forward pulled off one of the most incredible breakaway moves you’ll ever see. While it’s not a fancy deke or ridiculous shot, it’s one of the most creative efforts you’ll see all year. Read more

Stop what you’re doing & watch this goal of the year candidate

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(via YouTube/DEL)

The following comes to you from the German DEL and a player you’ve likely never heard of, but will likely remember for the rest of the year after this dazzling tally.

Nick Petersen plays for the DEL’s Iserlohn Roosters and last Friday he scored on the greatest goals you’ll ever see. It was posted by a reddit user, Geoff819, who writes Petersen is his brother and this beauty was his hat trick capping goal in an 8-1 defeat of Dusseldorf EG. Watch as Petersen shakes four defenders, changes directions multiple times, puts on an incredible fake, before firing it home. Read more

Travis Konecny delivers huge hit during Top Prospects Game

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(Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Though most had come to watch Erie Otters center Connor McDavid during last night’s BMO CHL Top Prospects Game, it was hard to miss Ottawa 67’s winger Travis Konecny.

Voted the game’s MVP, Konecny potted a pair of goals and had three points for Team Orr en route to a 6-0 victory over Team Cherry. But the most memorable part of Konecny’s night may have come when he cleaned out Charlottetown Islanders center Filip Chlapik with a booming open-ice hit with time winding down in the first period. Read more

Junior goaltender scores shorthanded goal… on his own net

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Brandon Halverson own goal featured

Brandon Halverson, goaltender for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, provided us with the perfect example of the “laughing to stop yourself from crying” method of dealing with misfortune.

During Thursday night’s game, with Halverson’s Greyhounds visiting Barrie, the Colts were on the power play when the puck was dumped into the Sault Ste. Marie zone. Halverson, a 2014 second-round pick of the New York Rangers, went behind his net and took control of the puck as a hard-charging Brendan Lemieux came flying towards him. Halverson’s next move will be one he tells his children about someday. Read more

Getzlaf helps fight muscular dystrophy in hopes of saving friend

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(via Sportsnet/Anaheim Ducks)

Ryan Getzlaf is one of the fiercest competitors in the NHL today. With his big frame, he can crash and bang in the corners and still dazzle with a highlight reel goal. But for a man defenders fear while on the ice, he couldn’t have a warmer heart off it.

This is a story about Getzlaf and one of his best friends – and no, we don’t mean Corey Perry. Getzlaf’s friendship with Hawken Miller, a young man who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscle disease that generally does not see the boys afflicted make it past their mid-20s. From Sportsnet comes this moving video of Getzlaf and his effort to help Miller and his family work for a cure: Read more