October 04, 2010
On Sunday afternoon, in an AHL preseason game against the Hamilton Bulldogs, Kaspars Daugavins of the Binghamton Senators scored one of the most remarkable shootout goals of 2010; something that, as we'll explain in a moment, has become the stuff of hockey legend.
Please do not adjust your monitors: The 22-year-old Latvian winger put the nose of his blade on top of the puck and skated into the offensive zone, before performing a 360-degree spin-o-rama to score past Bulldogs goalie Robert Mayer(notes), a Montreal Canadiens prospect.
Puck Buddy Crystal-Lynn, a 25-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs fan from Newfoundland who shot the video, adds some context:
"I think it was a beauty, if you ask me. We all thought it was a joke at first. We were wondering if it was going to count. On the scoreboard, they didn't put it up right away, and they only did it when one of the refs skated over about 40 seconds later."
This goal seemed like it was destined to become the Bigfoot footage of hockey highlights: a fleeting, tantalizing glimpse at something mythic. We contacted the Senators, and they told us that since it was a preseason game at a neutral site in St. John's, Newfoundland, there was no video coverage of the game beyond what this fan captured (and beyond any other footage still lingering offline).
But there's good news: Wes Edward of the Hamilton Bulldogs said Monday morning that his team has a DVD of the game that featured the Daugavins goal, but it might be until Wednesday before the footage is online. For now, all we've got is the fan's-eye view.
Meanwhile, check out this brief video profile of Dauganvins, and try not to giggle when an Ottawa Senators farmhand says his favorite pastime is "golfing."
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