Friday, December 23, 2011

The Saucer Pass -- Pouliot Undresses Kulikov During Bruins Rout of Panthers


The Saucer Pass is where The Fan Child talks puck. Here is the NHL goal of the night for 12/23/11...

The Bruins showed no mercy on the Panthers tonight, but way back in the first period, before Boston's 8-0 drubbing of Florida was an outright slaughter, Benoit Pouliot sent shivers of awe through the crowd with this dipsy-doodle goal.

Pouliot's work of art, his 7th of the season, was pure genius. If it was oil on canvas it'd surely be hanging in a gallery.

How does Pouliot keep his balance when he is all spread out like he's playing Twister, and how does he manage to recover the puck after he has put it through his legs, when he's practically falling?

The 6'3" Pouliot spent time in coach Claude Julien's doghouse early in the season, so he's happy to be out and even happier to be contributing.

"It was tough, I'm not going to lie," Pouliot said in this NESN article. "You don't want to sit games out. Everyone kept talking to me, telling me, 'Don't worry about it, you're going to get back in there.' It's an opportunity for me not to mess it up, just get back, stay in and be a consistent guy on the team. I think right now things are going pretty well."

Julien may be hard on Pouliot, but his teammates are amazed.
"Yeah, Poo, he's sick," Bruins forward Brad Marchand told NESN. "That was an unbelievable play there. I think a lot of people had written him off there and said he had no chance but he's got a lot of skill that maybe he's underestimated for and he breaks it out and that was a beautiful goal."