In Patrik Elias' first season in the NHL, the introduction of the shootout to the league was a decade from becoming reality. That doesn't mean, however, that the 38-year-old couldn't come up with a few tricks to put up his sleeve.
Saturday night's game, which pitted Elias' New Jersey Devils against the Montreal Canadiens, went to extra time and, subsequently, a shootout, which was ended by Elias in the third round on an amazing deke. As the third shooter for the Devils, and with the game on his stick, Elias serpentined over the blueline, put on three quick dekes, moved the puck from backhand to forehand and tucked it into the yawning cage:
That's a tough one for Canadiens' netminder Dustin Tokarski, but it would have taken a superhuman effort to stop that. Watching it, you might even get deked out of your chair.
Coming into Saturday night, Elias had scored 25 shootout goals and converted on just 36 percent of his attempts. All is forgotten with an effort like this, though. As far as the Devils are concerned, this is the only shootout attempt of Elias' career that has mattered.
New Jersey has had a rough history with the shootout, losing all 13 of their skills competitions last season. This season they've gone 5-7.