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How Quenneville scored 'The Goal'

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils



It’s now known simply as “The Goal.”

John Quenneville’s sensational tally at the 2016 Memorial Cup on Saturday has been not only one of the top sports plays of the week, but one of the most talked about highlights of the hockey season.

On a night that included conference final games in the NHL and NBA, the Brandon Wheat King center managed to trend on Twitter, right behind another King: LeBron James.

Quenneville has been called a “full-time hockey player and part-time magician” for the through-the-legs breakaway move he seemed to pull out of a hat. Only this goal was no illusion.

“Once I got in on the goalie, I had a lot of room to work with,” Quenneville told Sportsnet. “I went to the backhand, he bit pretty hard and, I don’t know, just fed it through my legs.”

Believe it or not, the Devils’ 2014 first-round pick tried the move once before in a Pee-wee tournament. And it worked.

“I hadn’t done it in a game since,” said Quenneville, who led the WHL with 16 playoff goals. “I’ve tried it in practice, but that’s about it.”

Watch Quenneville’s Sportsnet interview here
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