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"Are you kidding me?"

http://www.raleighstreethockey.com/video/malik.so.wmv

(Hope that works; it should, though I imagine it's getting hammered for downloads.)

Background: this was last night. Marek Malik used to be a defenseman for the Canucks, but he went to the NY Rangers this year. He's 6'6", a
Czech. (Not a bad dman; the Canucks lost him due to his being worth more now than they could afford; the NYR gave him a good contract.)

So anyway -- last night, Rangers versus the Washington Capitals. It goes to a shoot-out. Turns into the longest shoot-out in history (i.e. thus far) -- 15 rounds. At the point at which they send Malik out there, there are only 2 other healthy guys on the bench after him for the Rangers.

(I don't know what happens if you go that far and there's still no decision -- I don't know if THEY know, because obviously, a shoot-out hasn't gotten this far before. Maybe you just start over again, dunno.)

The commentators' take on this is priceless. Pay VERY close attention to what Malik does, although they will give you a couple of slow-mo replays afterwards. (He draws the puck back between his *own* legs, and flips a forehand shot from there.)

Beautiful.

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wadjet_theperv
Nov. 27th, 2005 10:00 am (UTC)
Oh My God.

That was unreal. Absolutely unbelievable. What a player! What a goal! I'm incoherent. Thanks so much for sharing the link.
eregyrn
Nov. 27th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
I must have watched that 15 times so far, and every time I do, I still get a big stupid grin on my face. I've been trying to get the highlights at NHL.com to work for me, but they won't... I'd really like to see the entire shootout. But... *damn*.

"I was watching everything before me," said Malik, who has not scored a regulation goal this season. "Olie [Kolzig] was unbelievable, he stopped everything from shots, moves. I just thought to myself, 'Maybe I'll surprise him.' I tried the move and it worked."

"It was actually kind of fun," Kolzig said. "On this stage, Madison Square Garden, Saturday night ... If I stop Jason Strudwick, we win the game. I didn't expect Malik to pull a move off like that."
telepresence
Nov. 27th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
eregyrn
Nov. 27th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
Yes! Thanks... wow. Brings it home even more to see the whole thing. God, what a marathon...
eregyrn
Dec. 8th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Hey, hon -- are you interested in a music file of the Celtic Theme (flute music piece) that they played in GM Place before Canucks games? I could send it to you in AIFF or WAV format.
wadjet_theperv
Dec. 9th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
OH yes please! I'm offline right now and using a friend's pooter, but yes please :)
eregyrn
Dec. 9th, 2005 08:38 am (UTC)
:) I thought you might like it. Go here:

http://s46.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=35EVJ34BKMGE73G2JUFKSQIPTP

It's there as a WAV file.
huffytiger
Nov. 27th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
Awesome. As someone who has seen Kolzig in the flesh at MCI on a regular basis, and really rates him as a nettie, that is a hell of a move by Malik.
eregyrn
Nov. 27th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
Absolutely -- Kolzig is quite good. I think that's what puts the icing on this. A spectacular, trick move by a long-shot player to beat a good goalie.

See my report above, too, about Kolzig's comment on it. That just shows class. It has become axiomatic that goalies who lose the shoot-out therefore hate the shoot-out. I don't actually know how many Kolzig has faced so far, and what his win percentage on them is... but this was an extraordinary circumstance in a lot of ways. It shows class to lose a hard-fought battle like that with such good grace.
huffytiger
Nov. 27th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Having met Olie a couple times, I'll concur that he's actually a pretty classy guy. I'd also rate him as an all time favourite goalie. Even above Belfour - and for me, as Wadj will tell you, that's saying something. ;o)
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