Credit Detroit Red Wings prospect Cross Hanas for displaying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Not long ago, Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano were working in combination, creating what’s becoming known as the #ZegrasGoal. It was immediately apparent that their unique feat would be mimicked by others in the hockey world. The highlight reel goal saw Zegras pick up the puck behind the net on the blade of his stick. Then he airl mailed it to Milano in the slot. The latter promptly batted it baseball style into the Buffalo Sabres’ net.
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— Portland Winterhawks (@pdxwinterhawks) December 19, 2021
Count Detroit draft pick Hanas among those successful imitatators. It happened Saturday. Hanas and the Portland Winter Hawks were playing a WHL game against the Spokane Chiefs.
Hanas and Portland teammate James Stefan were the duo combining for this new dynamic style tally. It was Hanas filling the Zegras role. He was the player scooping the puck up behind the goal. Then he was flipping it over the net. Stefan was the one swatting home the mid-air one timer.
Around The NHL
Detroit: The Red Wings played Saturday, winning 5-2 against the New Jersey Devils despite being minus six players and two coaches in COVID-19 protocol.
Pittsburgh: COVID-19 will continue to be an ongoing part of their lives. NHL players are just going to have to accept that reality. That’s the belief of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.
Detroit: Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman is readily admitting that he doesn’t know what the answer is to the NHL’s ongoing COVID-19 woes.
Boston: The Bruins are shut down and according to Boston Hockey Now, there’s growing pressure from NHL teams and the NHLPA for a league-wide shutdown through the holiday season.
Florida: Another team that’s been shut down by the NHL due to a COVID-19 outbreak is the Florida Panthers.
Vancouver: After a series of positive tests, the Vancouver Canucks were also joing the list of NHL teams idling due to a COVID-19 outbreak.