Seven Years Ago Today: Malik Magic

 

Seven years ago today, Rangers defenseman Marek Malik made NHL history by ending a 15-round shootout with an unforgettable between-the-legs goal that beat Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig for a 3-2 victory in what still stands as the league's longest shootout.
 
Malik's goal, known among teammates as "The Move", was one of two remarkable moments in the shootout. The other came in Round 14, when another defensive-minded defenseman, Jason Strudwick, scored to keep the shootout alive.
 
Jaromi Jagr, who was in the midst of a phenomenal 54-goal, 123-point season, but who was denied by Kolzig in the shootout, said after the game, "You have to have guts to do that move. In front of 20,000 people watching you, it's not that easy to do."
 
Malik, who scored only two goals that 2005-06 season, explained his thrilling shootout move and goal this way: "I was watching everything before me. Olie was unbelievable, he stopped everything from shots, moves. I just thought to myself, 'Maybe I'll surprise him.' I tried the move and it worked."
 
For trivia buffs, the Rangers goaltender the night of November 26, 2005 was a rookie named Henrik Lundqvist. And other than Malik and Strudwick, the Rangers received shootout goals from Michal Nylander and Ville Nieminen.
 
Malik's moment is immortalized as a part of the new "Garden 366" exhibit at the transformed Garden. Take a look back at it here with video from the MSG broadcast of that game, featuring the call of Mike Crispino and John Davidson.
 
Watch and enjoy Marek Malik's memorable shootout goal, then share your memories of that moment below.