In honour of our man Smyth's record-breaking natural hat trick, I thought I'd post his YouTube highlight reel, complete with Foo Fighters' "My Hero" soundtrack.
The interesting things to note:
-If there was a shot chart made for this video, the area just outside of the crease would be blacked out like a goddamn bingo card. If I may paraphrase 1970s Boston-area bumper stickers: Jesus Saves, Smyth Scores on the Rebound.
-I will say, though, for all the rebounds and tips, few of them seem "lucky": most are the result of winning the battle with the defenceman, or sneaking behind him to get into the right position. That brings to mind a question: are there any forwards in the NHL today better at one-on-one battles in front of the net than Smyth?
-The mountains of rebounds and tip-ins are punctuated by two ridiculous, impossible-angle, over-the-shoulder shots (one against Aebischer, one against Auld) that would make you think Smytty was a more prototypical 30-40 goal scorer, and is capped by a very nice rush against the 'Canes, which is again patently unSmythian.
-Lalime and Vokoun (in the middle of the clip) look practically dumbfounded by the fact Smyth has scored on the penalty shot. Vokoun turns around like someone just told him they shot his mother. Even MacT looks quite surprised that Smyth's move worked on that one.
Oh, and just cuz:
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