Mikael Granlund, a 19 year old hockey player from Finland drafted 9th overall last year by the Minnesota Wild, just scored what may well be the play of the year on Friday the 13th of May, 2011!
On the IIHF World Championship semi-final stage against the Russians, at full speed stealing the puck in the corner, then walking around a player, then having that player chase him behind the net, Mikael scoops up the puck and puts it up and under the crossbar. He scored “lacrosse style”, as some like to say, to give Finland a 1-0 lead. But never mind my description. Have a look for yourself because words don’t do this goal justice!
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In the US Open 2009 semi-finals between Roger Federer, this was the point that set up match point for Roger Federer against Novak Djokovic. WOW!
Some people called this the best shot ever. I’ll just call this “The Shot”. Dick Enberg and John McEnroe were making the call.
I was out of my seat, landing just as the ball landing in and pumping my fist, giving Roger a standing O in my living room.
The only thing better would have been that Roger won the match or championship on such a point, but it’s plenty good any old time!
p.s. You’ve got to love how fast this stuff gets on YouTube. I estimated less than 5 minutes!
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