To start our string of highlight lookbacks at the rollercoaster ride that was the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2010-11 regular season, we’ll begin with some of the nifty moves that served as exciting finishes to some of the games. Here’s the top five shootout goals scored by the Leafs.
5. While he may not have had the year many Leaf fans hoped he would, there was plenty to like about Nazem Kadri’s second stint with the big club. Here he shows off an aspect of his game that has never been in question – those silky smooth hands.
4. Colby Armstrong wasn’t brought to town for his prowess in the shootout, or for his goal scoring abilities in general, but he shows off some sweet moves here to beat the Florida Panthers.
3. What would a shootout countdown be without Mikhail Grabovski? I remember thinking this would probably be the best shootout goal we’d see from the Leafs when he beats the Caps with a nifty spin-o-rama here.
2. Kadri victimizes Tim Thomas again, this time to win a thriller of a game late in the season and keep the Leafs’ playoff hopes alive at the time. As Pierre McGuire so aptly stated – “Nifty mittens”
1. Was there really any question which Leaf would take the cake for top shootout goal this year? Grabbo’s ridiculous goal against St. Louis wasn’t the game winner, but the Leafs would eventually salvage a win after Jonas Gustavsson blew a 3-goal lead. Enjoy.
So, there you have it – my picks for top shootout goals of the year. Let me know if you think there were any better ones that I missed – I’m always down to watch more Leafs highlights.