If we’re cutting to the chase: shooting the puck between your legs is not just Not Showboating, but it’s also not that hard (for anyone who plays the game for a living, anyway). And as a righty, if i’m coming across the net right to left, it’s also a damn effective way to protect the puck, shoot across the grain and beat the goalie on his left, my right. I personally believe that using the move is both practice and effective.
The problem, is that North American coaches see it as the opposite, meaning if you try it and miss they think you pissed away a scoring chance trying to make yourself look cool, and you’ll be stapled to the bench. It’s incredibly frustrating.
Earlier this year Tomas Hertl caused a stir by scoring his fourth goal of the game(!) as a rookie(!) by going through his legs and beating Martin Biron (¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Apparently a few people took issue with this, people that
are terrible sad untalented jealous old? have differing views on how the game of hockey should be played.
Here’s what the NHL’s 7th leading scorer in the history of the game, Jaromir Jagr had to say about Hertl (which surely applies to Gerbe’s recent goal too):
“I heard some things — ‘It’s not good, it’s embarrassing.’ …No way. Guys who are saying he’s trying to embarrass them, they would never be able to pull that move so they’re jealous that he can do that.
“It’s just a very smart move. You’re just protecting the puck with your body so the goalie cannot poke-check you … It’s harder to score like that, but it’s more safe. Some people calling it a cocky goal, they don’t really understand that.”
Without further ado, here are the 10 (actually, 11) best “through-the-legs” NHL goals of all-time. Feel free to put your own submissions in the comments, and for the love of Pete, can we name this move please?