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Brian Gionta's helmet helps him dump puck into zone

Buffalo Sabres forward was smart to wait onside before unique play @NHLdotcom

Gionta heads puck into zone

OTT@BUF: Gionta uses head to knock puck into zone

Brian Gionta gains position at the blue line and shows off his soccer skills by head-butting the puck into the offensive zone early in the 1st

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That's a heads up play.

Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta went full Pele in the opening minutes of Saturday's game against the Ottawa Senators, heading a puck into the zone in order to remain onside.

Gionta's play was perfectly legal as he kept his skates on the blue line and calmly headed the puck into the corner before chasing it.

Unlike soccer, it is illegal to head the puck into the net as the game announcers point out in the clip, but Gionta's play proved smart.

With the puck lofted in the air from the other side of the ice, Gionta waited outside the zone and patiently dumped it in off his helmet.

You could even say that on this play he was really using his head.


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