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Spin-o-rama

If you haven't seen the spin move Pierre-Marc Bouchard used to give the Wild a sixth-round shootout victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday, get to the team's multimedia station at wild.com and take a look.

Bouchard skates toward goalie Nikolai Khabibulin with a head of steam, pulls up short at the goal mouth, spins and scores with a backhand.

The coolest part is Blackhawks coach Denis Savard is credited with inventing the move.

"I had it set in my mind the whole way," Bouchard said after the game. "I thought it was good timing to do it at home. I have to credit my brother (Capitals draft pick Francois Bouchard). He taught me that move."

"It surprised me a little bit - well, actually a lot," Khabibulin said.

The goal was reviewed to make sure it was scored with a continuous move.

"If there's a rule that prevents that, then we should take it out," Wild goalie Manny Fernandez said. "We need to see more of those beautiful plays."

Spin-o-rama II

The Newark Star-Ledger reported Bouchard's move prompted Devils goalie Martin Brodeur to e-mail Mike Gartner of the players' association.

Brodeur said it must be determined whether shooters can make contact with goalies.

"(Bouchard) made a great move and didn't do anything on purpose, but his skate made contact with Khabibulin," Brodeur told the Star-Ledger.

"The goalies are so good, we need all the moves we can get to beat them," the Flames' Jarome Iginla said.

They said it

"I still love the game, love being part of the team. But when the body doesn't do what the mind wants it to, it becomes difficult to play this game at a high level." - the Panthers' Joe Nieuwendyk on his retirement

"They do a good job when you put your stick in there. They squeeze their arm down on your stick and make it look like you're hooking them when you're really not." - Blues right wing Dallas Drake in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the Red Wings' ability to draw penalties

"Any more of these and I'll be getting a mail-order bride." - Oilers defenseman Matt Greene in the Edmonton Journal after his nose was broken for a third time in a fight

Head games

With Curtis Sanford out six to eight weeks with a groin tear, the Blues were counting on Manny Legace to carry the goaltending load. That is until Legace was hit in the forehead during Wednesday's practice by a slap shot from Dennis Wideman.

Legace, who was wearing a mask, was knocked out for about 30 seconds and has a concussion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

"I didn't see the shot. I heard it," Blues defenseman Jay McKee said. "I figured he'd be down a couple of seconds and shake it off, but he wasn't moving. It was scary."

Odds and ends

Panthers power forward Todd Bertuzzi's back surgery will not allow him to play against his former team in Vancouver on Jan. 7, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. ... The Maple Leafs were outscored 18-2 in the third period of a six-game losing streak. ... Maple Leafs left wing Chad Kilger's 106.6 mph slap shot during the team's skills competition broke Al Iafrate's record of 105.2. ... The Flames' Jeff Friesen backed off when it was obvious teammate Jarome Iginla was looking for him in an empty-net situation against the Hurricanes on Tuesday. "I want my first (goal with the Flames) to be a game-winner," Friesen told the Calgary Herald.

Ovechkin vs. Crosby

The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin faces the Penguins' Sidney Crosby on Monday (7 p.m. on Versus). Ovechkin's 64 goals in his first 100 games are tied for sixth highest since 1943-44, when the center line was introduced. Crosby's 132 points in his first 100 games are second among active players.

Goals Points

Teemu Selanne 84 Teemu Selanne 152

Maurice Richard 80 Sidney Crosby 132

Mike Bossy 76 Eric Lindros 128

Dino Ciccarelli 69 Alex Ovechkin 128

Eric Lindros 67 Peter Forsberg 124

Pavel Bure 64

Joe Nieuwendyk 64

Alex Ovechkin 64

Source: NHL

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