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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Nathan Gerbe enjoys working on trick shots in practice, so he figured why not try it in a game.
But it was Gerbe’s second-period breakaway move that had his teammates and coach smiling afterward.
“I think we were all caught off guard,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. “It’s one thing to goof around in practice but to do it not only in a shootout but on a turnover and a quick breakaway, his mind-set to do it had to be quick. It was a gutsy thing and fun for the fans to watch, I’m sure.”
Gerbe then faked a shot by backhanding the puck through his own legs and then amazingly scored with a forehand shot while the puck was still between his legs with a wrister that deflected off Flyers goalie Steve Mason.
It’s a goal that surely will be played countless times on the nightly highlight shows.
“It’s something I always try in practice,” Gerbe said. “Just right when I picked the puck up I felt like I had the gap and the speed to do it, and fortunately it went in. I wanted to show I was going to my back hand and tried to pull it through my legs as quick as I can and go far side.”
Gerbe said it’s a shot he’s used in junior hockey and the minor leagues but never in an NHL game.
“I like to work on skills and that was the instance tonight,” he said, adding that his teammates enjoyed the goal. “They were funny. They were telling me I must feel confident and they were pretty excited for me.”
“I thought the whole game wasn’t very good,” Flyers coach Craig Berube said. “You have to do things quick, have support and make plays. The way we were moving the puck, that wasn’t going to happen.”
“The defense made a good shot through traffic and it kind of bounced right in front of me,” Tlusty said. “I was there by myself so I tried to put it up high and it went in.”
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