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Henrik Zetterberg scores a shootout stunner

Henrik Zetterberg, Mike Smith

Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40), of Sweden, scores a shootout goal on Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) during an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Detroit won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Henrik Zetterberg’s shootout goal against Mike Smith is a beauty, but it might not be wholly original. Some people might think of Kent Nilsson. Many more will bring up Peter Forsberg’s name. I have a faint belief that Zetterberg’s peer Mike Ribeiro uses a similar move from time to time.

Either way, it’s a slick and almost unfair technique, as Smith found himself the victim of the highlight of the night after getting the opposite treatment when he stopped Marian Gaborik on a penalty shot on Wednesday.

The Detroit Red Wings came out on top 3-2, giving them 13 consecutive wins at Joe Louis Arena and the Phoenix Coyotes two shootout losses in as many days.