Tough night for goalies on Wednesday. First, St. Louis Blues goaltender Ty Conklin(notes) gives up the juiciest of juicy rebounds to Valtteri Filppula(notes) for what would end up being the game-winning goal in a 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Not long after that goof comes this cheeky backhander by Vancouver's Daniel Sedin(notes) on Ducks' netminder Jonas Hiller(notes) during a 4-1 Canucks victory:
That was like a beautiful free kick in soccer that barely goes over the defender wall and gets past an unsuspecting goalie. Alexandre Burrows was the wall in this case and does a great job of using himself and Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer(notes) as screens on the play.
The Sedin's would finish with five points and brother Henrik overtook Alex Ovechkin(notes) for the NHL's scoring lead with his 99th point on the year. Vancouver would maintain their lead over Colorado in the Northwest Division to five points with the win.
It's hard not to notice soccer's growing influence on hockey around the world. Whether it's Jarkko Ruutu(notes) "dribbling" a puck down the ice or Team Sweden's Linus Omark or Pavel Datsyuk using the lob shot in shootout attempts, it's only natural that goal celebrations will soon evolve into jerseys being ripped off and players waiving them over their heads as part of future goal celebrations. Imagine Don Cherry's reaction to that.