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After last night, we might as well start thinking about the process of installing Jack as the owner of a third straight overtime GOTY.

The first year we had four poster-inspired divisions of four goals. Last year we had a Sweet 16. This year I've elected to go with a Goal of the Month format. Seven months with two nominees. I guess there could be two additional nominees if warranted, to bring us to 16 again.

Voting with begin on December 8 and proceed four days apace until December Goal voting ends on January 4. The top vote getter will get a bye, then 2-7, 3-6, 4-5 to reach a final four, and so on.

I am hoping and expecting that more people will vote this year.

Please nominate your favorite goal!

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Rasmus Dhalin to Jake McCabe for November

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I wouldn't vote for it over Eichel's OT winner... But Risto's OT winner from 11/8 was the exclamation point on a WILD game. 

 

Edited by EichSnipe
11/8, not 11/7

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Also, the goal that sent that game to OT was awesome. Jack has tried (and successfully pulled off) this faceoff move before. But never to this level of perfection. 3:50 mark of the video (hopefully my link embedded with that as the start time).

 

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^ I think that's my choice. I want high-end skill represented, a play that's greatness isn't just based on timing, but one that not many players on other teams could do. Jack's play, combined with passing it over with one hand the wrong way on his stick, was phenomenal. 

Although I confess to not quite understanding the format. 

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I would also suggest Casey Mittelstadts goal against Pittsburgh. 

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39 minutes ago, Thorny said:

^ I think that's my choice. I want high-end skill represented, a play that's greatness isn't just based on timing, but one that not many players on other teams could do. Jack's play, combined with passing it over with one hand the wrong way on his stick, was phenomenal. 

Although I confess to not quite understanding the format. 

December 8-11 we'll vote for one of two nominees for January. December 12-15, February. And so on. End with seven finalists, one for each month. I guess we could also do all the first round voting on January 1.

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A goal gets a huge boost if it's scored by Jack for me. I'm not voting for anyone but him. So maybe I shouldn't partake?

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On ‎11‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 11:37 PM, Randall Flagg said:

A goal gets a huge boost if it's scored by Jack for me. I'm not voting for anyone but him. So maybe I shouldn't partake?

Yes. Now hang your head in shame and say 3 Hail Caseys.

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TT's laser vs Detroit has to be a contender, and if shootout goals are eligible, his SO goal vs Detroit should be one as well.

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6 minutes ago, nfreeman said:

TT's laser vs Detroit has to be a contender, and if shootout goals are eligible, his SO goal vs Detroit should be one as well.

I can’t believe you aren’t nominating Reinharts amazing backhand winner 😈

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10 minutes ago, dudacek said:

I can’t believe you aren’t nominating Reinharts amazing backhand winner 😈

That was a very nice goal indeed, but TT's were nicer.

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....if only because TT's were unexpected.

Although I have to say, TT rotated nicely to the LW spot to set up for the shot while working the PP.  I wonder if he's had any PP practice?

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2 hours ago, nfreeman said:

That was a very nice goal indeed, but TT's were nicer.

TT’s slapper may have been the goal that dropped my jaw the most this year. It was so unbelievably hard.

I did have a similar reaction to an Olafsson goal in the prospect tourney.

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4 hours ago, nfreeman said:

TT's laser vs Detroit has to be a contender, and if shootout goals are eligible, his SO goal vs Detroit should be one as well.

This is my current leader. Casey’s goal against Pittsburgh second. Situation will dictate it for me mostly and both were in super important moments for two young players.

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6 hours ago, nfreeman said:

TT's laser vs Detroit has to be a contender, and if shootout goals are eligible, his SO goal vs Detroit should be one as well.

The Tage Rage Shot gets a vote from me too. 

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Welp, the format obviously is going to have to be revamped here. Only two nominees for November? Uh, no.

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1 minute ago, PASabreFan said:

Welp, the format obviously is going to have to be revamped here. Only two nominees for November? Uh, no.

We got three shootout winners, five OT winners, a couple late-game winners and a handful of big late goals to send it into OT already in 25 games. And that doesn’t even include amazing goals like Risto’s tonight and Tage’s slapper.

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Don't forget Dahlin deeking an entire team before passing it to McCabe.  Or Casey's SO undressing.  If this Sabres team is anything it is dramatic.

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2 minutes ago, dudacek said:

We got three shootout winners, five OT winners, a couple late-game winners and a handful of big late goals to send it into OT already in 25 games. And that doesn’t even include amazing goals like Risto’s tonight and Tage’s slapper.

Yes, so many goals that are meaningful for a playoff chase, as opposed to recent GOTY contests, where the goals were spectacular but basically meaningless. That plus recency bias would suggest no reason to troll through last January – April.

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3 minutes ago, PASabreFan said:

Yes, so many goals that are meaningful for a playoff chase, as opposed to recent GOTY contests, where the goals were spectacular but basically meaningless. That plus recency bias would suggest no reason to troll through last January – April.

PH has instructed his players to forget last season.  Maybe we should do the same.

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21 minutes ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

PH has instructed his players to forget last season.  Maybe we should do the same.

I like the cut of your jib.

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