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Goal of the night: Bryan Little capitalizes on Jason Spezza’s brutal turnover to beat Ottawa

Bryan Little, Johnny Oduya

Atlanta Thrasher Bryan Little (right) celebrates his overtime goal against the Ottawa Senators with teammate Johnny Oduya as Senators fans react in overtime NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit)


We know there’s been more exciting goals scored in recent days for the goal of the night award, but this one doubles as the goal of the night and the failboat special. Bryan Little’s overtime game-winner to beat Ottawa wasn’t a dazzling goal. There wasn’t a deke or a spinorama for anyone to get up in arms about or even anything particularly acrobatic. A simple wrist shot snapper past Brian Elliott up high in the net.

It all doesn’t happen though if Jason Spezza makes a smarter pass. Instead, Spezza gained the offensive zone and looked to give it back to defenseman Filip Kuba. Kuba wasn’t quite in position yet and the pass was sent along without any urgency and Little picked it off and hustled away off to the Ottawa zone to deposit the goal that would give Atlanta a 4-3 win. See the failure in all its ultimate glory right here.
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