Nathan Gerbe got his tenth goal of the season against Steve Mason at Wells Fargo Center. But this wasn’t your everyday snipe, this was a top shelf, between-the-legs shot that even puzzled his teammates.
During the intermission following, I asked Gerbe what was the thought process to use that move as he approached the crease.
“I tried to be creative. I just saw the gap and the angle that I could try it and fortunately it went in.” He was downplaying the beauty of it so I said “Between the legs!” He went on to say “It’s something I tried as a kid and I just thought of trying it here. Luckily it went in.”
Coach Kirk Muller called it “gutsy” and said he wouldn’t have tried it himself. Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty both agreed that the Hurricanes’ bench was surprised but said he does have “sweet hands.”
Gerbe said he hadn’t tried that in the NHL and couldn’t remember trying that at Boston College either. First time for everything! I asked Ron Francis after the game if he had tried that in his playing years. His reply was “Oh yeah!” with a smile.
Tonight Gerbe faces his former, where his NHL career began. Rod Brind’ Amour said he has always been impressed seeing him play for Buffalo and felt Gerbe was always an underrated player. The two met face to face in no surprise- the weight lifting room when Gerbe became a member of the Canes. Brind’ Amour calls him one of the hardest working players, who does everything he needs to prepare off the ice… add “gutsy” to that list of compliments too!
Now what’s better Thomas Hertl’s goal or this?