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Matt Duchene‘s “The Dutchy” Goal

“The Dutchy” is named after Matt Duchene’s between-the-legs goal. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

There may be plenty of elite goal scorers in the NHL, but not all of them get a goal named after them. On November 15, 2011, Matt Duchene invented The Dutchy.

The Dutchy is not really a Duchene invention — it’s just that he makes it look so good. He receives a pass from Paul Stastny just behind his own left skate. So, he executes a tight twist with his torso, drags his toe and pops the puck between his own legs. Duchene then receives his own pass near his right skate. With the puck now in a more favorable position, he backhands it past Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

My favorite part is the look of indignation Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang displays, as if he can’t believe a player can be capable of such a play. (Maybe Sid Crosby doesn’t have a goal named after him.)