If Linus Omark of the Edmonton Oilers is know for anything, it's his dazzling shootout moves. Last night against the Nashville Predators, Omark won the game on another one of those moves. Sure, it was a little more subtle than his spinning snap shot thing against the Lightning earlier in the year, but it was awesome nonetheless.
Pekka Rinne, the guy who was embarrassed there, didn't find it all that impressive.
"He comes with a lot of speed and makes you back off, but I don't think he did anything special," said Rinne after the Predators' record fell to 6-4 in shootouts. "He made a nice move, but I thought he fanned on the shot. He was trying to go upstairs and fanned on it and I was leaning a little bit."
Woah, woah. Let's back this up a bit. He was trying to go upstairs, Pekka? Do you forget that we have video? Go look again. He fooled Rinne so badly on that play that after the game, ten minutes after the goal, Rinne still thought he was going upstairs. No, that's just what Omark wanted him to believe.
He comes in with speed, slows up a bit and eases up on the puck by touching it with his backhand, and then he creates the illusion with his stick that he's going to go top corner, while slowly easing it into the open net.
Yes, Linus Omark fooled one of the best goalies in the world that badly. Rinne might not be impressed, but just about everybody else is.