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Senators' Zibanejad shows he's more than finesse

Thursday, 12.05.2013 / 1:32 PM / Ford Tough Performance of the Week

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Senators' Zibanejad shows he's more than finesse
Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad has eight goals in 20 games this season and just two minor penalties. Don't let that fool you into thinking the 20-year-old Swede is simply a finesse player.

Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad has eight goals in 20 games this season and just two minor penalties.

Don't let that fool you into thinking the 20-year-old Swede is simply a finesse player. Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev will attest that's not the case.

When the teams played at Canadian Tire Centre on Nov. 28, the Tanev (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) went into the right corner behind his net to retrieve a dump-in with 5:50 left in the second period. That's when he was rocked by Zibanejad (6-2, 211), who delivered a textbook hip check that sent Tanev to the ice and allowed the Senators to create havoc in the Canucks zone.

Zibanejad, who is sixth among Ottawa forwards with 37 hits, got the fans going by putting his size to good use, and before the period was over he would show off his skill by beating Roberto Luongo on a rebound to bring the Senators within 4-2 in what eventually ended up a 5-2 loss.

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