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Video: Kadri's deke-tastic preseason shootout goal for Leafs

Greg Wyshynski
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One can only hope that Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Nazem Kadri(notes) had the courtesy to help Pittsburgh Penguins goalie John Curry(notes) collect his equipment after faking him out of it during this shootout goal on Monday night:

The Leafs won the game at home, 3-2, over the Sidney-less, Malkin-less, Fleury-less Penguins. (In front of fans paying slightly less than the price of a round-trip airline ticket to watch a glorified scrimmage.) With the game-tying goal and this shootout beauty, Kadri is making the case for a roster spot just a few months after being drafted by the Leafs.

As he told NHL.com:

"Hopefully, I'm making the decision hard," said Kadri, who is aiming to make the big club right out of juniors. "I appreciate (coach) Ron (Wilson) giving me the opportunity to go out there in some big situations. I think it's really building my confidence."

Wilson isn't saying either way what will happen with Kadri and the team's other outstanding young players before the season begins. But he did tell the National Post that if Kadri returns to juniors, he'd "be surprised if he didn't get 100 points."

[H/T Jeffler]

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