As a winger for the Nashville Predators, Taylor Beck doesn't get to play close to his hometown of St. Catherines, Ont., all that often. So it must have been a thrill and then some for him to score twice and add an assist in Nashville's 9-2 thumping of the host Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night. And it may have been an even bigger thrill for Beck to have scored one of those goals the way he did – with his back to the Leafs net and from between his legs.
With the Preds already up 2-0 late in the first period, Beck went to the front of the Leafs net and turned his back to goalie Jonathan Bernier to screen him; Nashville teammate Filip Forsberg's shot hit him in the mid-section, and the puck had barely fallen to the ice when Beck batted it through Bernier to score his second of the night:
The 23-year-old Beck now has three goals and five points in 14 games for the Preds and is trying to earn his stripes as an NHLer as so many do: by starting out on the fourth line. But if he can score more goals like that one – well, maybe not quite like that, but certainly, from that part of the ice – he won't be on the fourth line for long.