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02-14-2007, 12:02 PM
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Thomas Vanek and Ryan Shannon did it last season, and Jaroslav Balastik earlier this season. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=2765015

Nielsen is the 4th player to do it before scoring an NHL regulation/OT goal.

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First Danish in NHL right ?

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I'm pretty sure that honour goes to Espen Knutsen.

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I'm pretty sure that honour goes to Espen Knutsen.
Knutsen is from norway

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Knutsen is from Norway, Nielsen is from Denmark. There was only one other Danish player to play in the NHL before Nielsen. His name escapes me...but I recall he moved to Canada at an early age, so while he was born in Denmark...he didn't grow up and play much hockey there.

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Knutsen is from Norway, Nielsen is from Denmark. There was only one other Danish player to play in the NHL before Nielsen. His name escapes me...but I recall he moved to Canada at an early age, so while he was born in Denmark...he didn't grow up and play much hockey there.
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Battle of the goalie.

Raycroft wasn't a factor in the second half at all.

I'm not sure if that's ever been done, but Frans has some sweet hands and that's one of the good things about shootouts, sometimes lesser known players can prove themselves in practice and then help steal a huge point for their team. Congrats to Nielsen.
conversely that is why i despise the shootout.. if these players can't get it done in a game situation, they shouldn't get the chance/glory to do it in a skill competition that counts...

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I was not totally random that Frans Nielsen was picked to shoot the penalty shot.

from Newsday:

At the end of Monday's practice, Nolan had a shootout game against backup goaltender Mike Dunham in which Nielsen stood out.

"Frans went 7-for-7," Nolan said. "He chased 'Dunny' right out of the net. Dunham was so mad he broke a stick. During the third period tonight, we decided to lead off with Frans if it went to a shootout."

Nielsen faked left and went right to lift a backhand over Maple Leafs goaltender Andrew Raycroft.


Not bad to be 7 from 7 in practice, i suppose that shows some skill. Frans also told a danish newspaper (just read it), that he had an idea that he might be set to shoot the penalty shot in an OT competition because it has gone well on training the day before. However he was actually not told he was up until after the game, and then he says, that just before the penaltys shots he had some time to talk with his linemate from Bridgeport Tambellini and asked him which move to use on the goalkeeper. He said to use the backhand as Raycroft have a tendency to sit down on the ice.

Job well done ..

http://sputnik-dyn.tv2.dk/player/asx...c773&free=true

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