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Panthers’ Barkov goes skate to stick, scores most spectacular shootout goal of the season

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Aleksander Barkov (Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Panthers’ Barkov goes skate to stick, scores most spectacular shootout goal of the season

Jared Clinton
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Panthers center Aleksander Barkov scored a jaw-dropping shootout goal Sunday, going off of his skate, faking a shot and tucking a backhand home. The dizzying shootout goal stood as the winner on the same night Florida’s Jaromir Jagr became the fourth-highest goal scorer in NHL history.

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has slick hands and he’s shown flashes of brilliance in the shootout before — his go-to move is the Peter Forsberg/Kent Nilsson one-hander, and he makes it work more often than not.

Barkov, 20, pulled an absolutely incredible move out of his bag of tricks with a skate-to-stick-to-fake-to-backhand-to-net. That sounds confusing, and it sounds like a move too busy to actually work, but we assure you it’s one of the most dazzling displays of shootout magic we’ve seen in the 2015-16 season. Seriously, take a look:

How can you not feeling bad for Canucks netminder Jacob Markstrom after that? The one-handed move is one thing, but Markstrom is going to find his way onto highlight reels for years as the goaltender who had this jaw-dropping goal scored on him.

Not only was it a gorgeous goal, but Barkov’s tally stood as the game-winning shootout marker. Post-game, Jaromir Jagr — who became the fourth-highest goal scorer in NHL history Sunday with goal No. 732 late in the first period — had one of his best one-liners of the season regarding Barkov's goal, and joked that he has nothing left to say to the 20-year-old Finn.

"I'm done with him,” Jagr told FloridaPanthers.com’s Jameson Olive. “I teach him everything I could and he doesn't teach me anything. I'm done with (Barkov), guys.”

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Panthers’ Barkov goes skate to stick, scores most spectacular shootout goal of the season