Oct 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy (7) celebrates his goal with center Jordan Staal (11) and center Nathan Gerbe (14) against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Hurricanes beat the Maple Leafs 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: Sick Dekes or Showboating


Earlier this season is was Tomas Hertl. Now it is Nathan Gerbe. This isn’t a skill competition – it’s the National Hockey League right? As I watched Nathan Gerbe go between the legs; I sat their wondering – are the between the legs goals necessary in the league, or are they guys showboating their talents to make others look bad.

Then it dawned on me – going between your legs is no different for any other player dangling like Pavel Datsyuk. If you have the ability you flaunt it right?

Sure more was made out of Hertl’s goal because he was already all over the scoreboard in a game his opponents had no business being in – but at the same time would it have been any different if he scored 4 or 5 goals the traditional way?

In case you missed it, here is the breakaway attempt turned between the legs goal by Nathan Gerbe of the Carolina Hurricanes:

Sick move right? Does the NHL have room for show boats, I for one wish we could see more of talented players showcasing their talents, instead of a good portion of the league jamming the puck through a scrum into the net. A little less clutching and grabbing and a lot more razzle dazzle right?

As always – what are your thoughts – the fan?

Sick Dekes or Showboating?

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  • bluenotebacker

    I voted Showboating, though I don’t necessarily think they “don’t belong in the game.” It’s a pretty subjective thing. I feel like he’s showing up the goalie, and it’s all fun and games since he scored, but what if he missed? If I’m his coach, he’s in deep merde. I don’t believe we can make a blanket judgement on these “trick” shots, but as the shooter I think you need to pick your spots.