Mikhail Grabovski Explains His Shootout Goal


Photo credit: John Minchillo

Late in the second period of Sunday’s game, Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski earned a penalty shot after getting hooked by Ryan McDonagh on a breakaway. Instead of getting fancy with New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Grabo raised up his stick towards the Madison Square Garden roof and fired a slap shot into the top corner of the net.


GIF by welshhockeyfan

It was Mikhail’s ninth goal of the season. The tally gave the Caps a very badly needed 3-0 lead heading into the third period.

“It takes a lot of guts to pull that off,” head coach Adam Oates said after the game. “And he did. Good for him. Obviously Grabo’s penalty shot made a big difference.”

After the game, Grabovski spoke to the press about his goal, in broken English, and thoroughly explained his strategic thinking .

Against this goalie I think [I have] two [penalty shots], no? I think, yeah. I don’t remember exactly, but I think… [Last time] I try different. I try no shoot, try dribble and make him move. But today I kind of decided right away to shoot. … He pretty good goalie move side to side so it’s really hard to score [against him]. You just need to shoot… [Went] glove side. I’m a little bit lucky. Happy to score against such a great goalie.

Sunday was the first time Grabovski has faced Lundqvist on a penalty shot and the first time he’s scored, after three career attempts. His other two come against Carey Price and Corey Crawford. On both, he was blocked while deke-ing.

So despite Henrik Lundqvist making a bunch of scintillating glove saves last night, Grabovski — inspired by previous failures — decided to challenge The King’s so-called weakness: high glove. It worked.

“That’s what you have to do against [Lundqvist]. It’s hard to beat him. He reads the game well,” said Alex Ovechkin after the game.

On this night, Grabovski read the game better.

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  • Here’s another view of Grabo’s penalty shot goal too from Reddit Hockey http://i.imgur.com/A0baV7b.gif

  • yv

    Great last photo! It makes you smile also. More of such moments and Caps and their fans would be fine.

  • Jack Conness

    I love me some Grabo. Sign that man to an extension!

  • Graham Dumas

    Caption to the top pic: “DAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN, listen to the way I SLAAAAAAM!”

  • I loved the tweet from Grantland’s Katie Baker (noted King Henrik fan) on the goal.

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  • dylan wheatley

    grabo is basically semin

  • Tadd

    Also related – Team Swedens Fredrik Petterson’s PS in World Cup 2013:


  • Shawn Murphy

    McDonagh instantly regretted his defensive play against Grabo.
    Upon reflection it was clear he had been just a bit too.. grabby.
    /puts on shades and walks away

  • Ryan Crispi

    He needs to practice speaking and work on his English.
    I mean Gormley of course…. 🙂

  • Todd N

    only better

  • I upvoted this because I love screaming in Swedish.

  • Tadd

    Christmas party at work this friday. Give me your number and I’ll give you some live Swedish screaming just in time for the game (1am my time, I should be pretty hammered by then).

  • Red

    Serious question: I’ve been scouring the web since Oct for an authentic Grabby jersey as a present. I’ve come up with zilch. Anyone seen these sold anywhere?

  • jrowny

    I swear I thought I heard Joe B. announcing “he bluffs the slapper” before realizing that he was actually not bluffing. Since Joe B played goalie as a kid, this means that Grabovski actually fooled TWO goalies with that slapshot.

  • Red

    Amazing gif. Grabby laid everything out on that slap shot from point blank range. Just look at that windup. Huge balls on both of those guys. Can you imagine yourself in that goalie mask seeing somebody unleash a 90+ mph monster at your head from just a few feet away. My butt cheeks would be clenched so tight, it would redefine the term blood diamond.

  • MuzzMuzzington

    With that awful ice at Madison Slush Garden… I’d say it was the right choice. Oh, also he scored the goal, which makes it seem right.

  • Ash

    “It takes a lot of guts to pull that off,” head coach Adam Oates said after the game.

    Oates clearly having fond reminiscences of his time back on Nickelodeon.

  • Justin

    The ol’ dagger in the pineapple.

  • CT

    It’s. So. Beautiful.

  • Brouwer Rangers

    That last photo captures the exact moment Holtby is thinking, “hot damn I’m glad that wasn’t me.”

  • Andrew Merewitz

    Cant you just customize one on nhl.com

  • Andrew Merewitz

    Doesn’t it look like Lundqvist gets a piece of it? It seems to change angles just slightly in the side angle gif above.

  • dylan wheatley

    you take that back

  • It DOES look like he gets a piece of it, but I don’t think he does. The puck just rolls end-over-end after Grabo hits it so hard.

  • Freedoooom

    Too bad Grabo speaks English good, was hoping for, “I shoot puck. Puck go in net.”

  • Red

    Ah. Hadn’t thought of that. Do you know if it comes out looking like the official game-worn jersey?

  • Andrew Merewitz

    shop.nhl.com has grabovski as an option when picking a name/number for the jersey..and yes they come out nicely.

  • Andrew Merewitz
  • YES. Great pull! Hahaha.

  • Red

    Sweet. Thx. Now I just cross my fingers for a nice juicy extension. Do the right thing GMGM!

  • It’s gonna have to be pretty juicy to keep him here.

  • Red

    I say give him whatever it takes to keep him here. We knew the caliber of his skill before he arrived. It was just a question of whether he would fit into our system. The transition has been incredible, and Grabby has made instant and consistent impact. Sign the man. Call off the search party for a solid 2c. Profit.

  • I assume he likes it here, or at least he compares dc favorably to his time in Toronto. My money says he stays on a nice 3-4 year deal.

  • Up north

    I bumped into Grabo in Toronto 3 years ago at Indigo Books..I didn’t know him but he asked me casually what he should get for a 3 year old and I told him to get this Red Tri-cycle cause my kid has one too. He said ok I’ll buy it. Before he left he said with a smile it’s for my friend Kilemin’s (his line mate) boy. He’s a very down to earth unpretentious dude. All the best to you Grabo!

  • X

    How much money and term would you guys give Grabo? 3 years? 4.5 mil?

  • Andrew

    Joe B was a lacrosse goalie, and yes he did say he was bluffing but corrected himself immediately after albeit somewhat shocked 😛

  • Joey Powers

    grabby= more consistent than semin