Photo credit: Bruce Bennett

With eight games left in the regular season and the Capitals struggling to hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, every standings point matters. So when the Caps were unable to break a 1-1 tie with the Flyers after 60 minutes of regulation and a five-minute overtime, the shootout carried high stakes.

Enter Matt Hendricks.

Dale Hunter selected Hendy as the Capitals first shooter. The Blaine, Minnesota native did not disappoint. Hendricks used his patented move, this time baiting Ilya Bryzgalov to pokecheck. Bryz missed, allowing yet another highlight-reel shootout goal for the team’s leader in penalty minutes. Video is below the jump.

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The shootout tally was so great that it prompted Craig Laughlin to exclaim,”[Hendricks] should copyright those moves right there.” Joe Beninati, equally as impressed, observed that Hendricks “paralyzed” Bryzgalov.

Hendricks now is 6 for 10 in the shootout during his three-year career in the NHL. If I were Dale Hunter, I’m putting him in the shootout line-up from now until the end of time.

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  • Michelle

    Matt Hendricks is my SO Hero!!!! 

  • http://twitter.com/FedFedRMNB Feds

    Watching his misses in the past, it looks like sometimes he fakes the shot too early and that’s why the goalie is able to recover in time. He’s done eveyrthing right this time. Byyyeee Bryz.

  • Hockey Mom

    Love me some Hendy!!!!

  • serpent

    You’d think the rest of the bench would have paid attention to Hendy’s method.Good dekes and PATIENCE! Get the goalie to commit and take it from there.

  • Fitey98

    “Kick start the Harley” – Mike Green…..lol