Niskanen Shootout King?

     Former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Matt Niskanen scored a shootout goal in his first career NHL shooutout attempt Friday night to give Dallas a win at San Jose. If you don’t believe it read on. Also a video link of the goal from Bruce Ciskie is here.

     The story below is courtesy of the Canadian Press:

     SAN JOSE, Calif. — Matt Niskanen made the most of the first shootout attempt in his three-year NHL career.

     Niskanen scored in the 11th round of the shootout to help end a goaltending duel between Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov and give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

     Nabokov stopped nine of the first 10 attempts for the Sharks and Turco did the same for the Stars with both goalies making sprawling saves and nifty poke checks to help match the longest shootout in the league this season and the longest ever for both franchises.

     "We were starting to run out of guys," Niskanen said. "We were starting to look down at the end of the bench. (Nabokov) was coming out pretty far and so I put a move on him and got very lucky. It the first time I’ve ever done it. I came at him with a lot of speed and snapped it. As defencemen, we always joke around that we’ll be the last used in a shootout."

     Niskanen nearly ended the game in overtime with a blast from the point that trickled past Nabokov before Dan Boyle swept it away as it approached the goal line. The Sharks also had their chance in overtime but Joe Pavelski‘s shot hit the post.

     "That shootout was pretty special, it was the longest one I’ve ever been involved in," Dallas coach Marc Crawford said. "It’s not very often that the shootout ends up being the story of the game. … Marty did such a good job in the shootout and you have to praise Nabokov because he was equally as good. But we found a way to solve him with a great shot from Niskanen."