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I’m not a huge fan of the spin-o-rama on a penalty shot, and the recent surge in players using it is starting to make me angry.

Something about it seems inherently unfair - a player is moving towards the net to shoot or deke, then is allowed to halt his natural flow of progress and take the necessary time to get the puck around his body and shoot. I love it in actual game play, where you’re good to do whatever you want to score, but on a penalty shot? No thanks.

And, it’s overstated (and borderline untrue) that it’s a difficult move to pull off. Hey, that NHLer can do a tight turn!

Then add the fact that the embarrassment risk is officially gone. When PM Bouchard was first doing it years ago, there was the risk of being labelled as a show-boater, as cocky, as the guy who wasted a legit scoring chance because he wanted to be showy. Now that we know how effective it is, when someone misses on an attempt it’s just another missed attempt.

Further, my lawn: please get off it.

In this video, theScore’s Jackie Redmond talks about the spin-o-rama with NHLers who apparently like the move more than me, and she shares some stats on the spin’s success rate (with fancy graphics!). You’ll be shocked to learn it’s pretty damn effective.


If I may, a quick “Squeeee!” for Datsyuk floater goal. Also, Henrik, we’d love to see that move buddy. Bust it out.

Comments (3)

  1. I hate the spinorama in the shootout. Although, I do like the one that Grabo pulled when he did the full 360 and shot it off his forehand, but the spinorama is an illegal move, they just amended the rulebook because it looks cool.

  2. I told you I’d bug you about this.

    I can understand why you don’t like the move. It comes very close to violating the rule in the penalty shot that a puck must keep moving in a continuous motion towards the goal line. A player can slow the puck down but not stop it nor reverse its course. Or at least, this is another argument in your favour. I personally feel that the puck does stop its forward progress and it should be whistled dead. But that’s not happening and the on-ice officials are the ones to make that call.

    If the on-ice officials are not going to blow the play dead based on that rule, then I don’t see why it cannot be used.

    It is effective because so many goaltenders over commit to shootout attempts and that has to do with athleticism and reaction time. So many goaltenders base their regular in-game play on positioning rather than quickness that shootout moves will often fool them.

    But if we’re going to stop the spin-o-rama, then shouldn’t we prevent players from using other moves that seem to stop the forward momentum of the puck such as the “through-the-legs” shot made infamous by Marek Malik in his single moment of relevance in the NHL, or dare I say something blasphemous, “the Datsyuk” drag and shelf. One could argue he stops the forward progression of the puck as well.

    What about Linus Omark’s moves and creativity? Maybe he shouldn’t be allowed to do the spin-o-rama at center ice. Maybe Martin St. Louis shouldn’t be able to skate backwards towards the goaltender.

    I just don’t like being restrictive. If it is allowed in regular play, it should be allowed in the shootout.

  3. As a goalie, I don’t have a problem with the move itself, but how are most of these not interference? From the video, Grabovski’s first, Stamkos’, Bertuzzi’s and Booth’s are all great goals. However, Grabovski’s second, Malkin’s, and Raymond’s all involve contact with the goalie, basically pushing them out of the way, and Eller’s is blatant interference and actually pretty dangerous, as he inadvertently kicks Mason in the head with his skate after. Spin all you want, just don’t push me out of the way to put the puck in.

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