19-Year-Old Hockey Rookie Pulls Off Between-The-Legs Goal Of The Year

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1. Playing in just his third career game, San Jose center Tomas Hertl had himself quite a night against the New York Rangers.

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2. By scoring four goals, Hertl, who hails from the Czech Republic, made a bit of history.


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19-year-old Tomas Hertl of the Sharks: youngest player to score 4 goals in game since Jimmy Carson, 1988 Kings

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3. But it was how he scored his fourth goal that blew hockey fans’ collective minds.

4. Oh nothing, just Hertl pulling off the ol’ back-between-the-legs-and-roof-it-past-the-goalie maneuver. WORKS EVERY TIME.

5. Really now, what is this?

6. After the game, Hertl powered his way through a valiant explanation of his feelings: “This is dream!”

7. Fans were euphoric over Hertl’s accomplishment.

I don't always score four goals, but when I do, I go between my legs reverse backhand. #SharksHeadline

— LetsGoSharks.com (@LetsGoSharks)

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I don’t always score four goals, but when I do, I go between my legs reverse backhand. #SharksHeadline

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Tomas Hertl: so good he made ESPN remember that hockey is a thing. RT @trilljester Hertl's fourth was #1 on Soortscenter's Top Ten plays.

— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin)

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Tomas Hertl: so good he made ESPN remember that hockey is a thing. RT @trilljester Hertl’s fourth was #1 on Soortscenter’s Top Ten plays.

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Hertl. Czech for filth.

— John Buccigross (@Buccigross)

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Hertl. Czech for filth.

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Craziest thing about Hertl's four-goal game? He played just 11:12

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC)

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Craziest thing about Hertl’s four-goal game? He played just 11:12

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#SJS crowd chanting "Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl" for the 19 year old rookie. #TomasHertl

— Shawn Hutcheon (@ShawnHutcheon)

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#SJS crowd chanting “Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl” for the 19 year old rookie. #TomasHertl

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Guys, http://t.co/dK8d9orXph nailed it.

— SJ (@stace_ofbase)

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Guys, http://t.co/dK8d9orXph nailed it.

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13. Here are multiple video angles on all four goals. This is hockey porn at its finest:

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14. And Hertl Power in the NHL has only just begun.

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