Cody Hodgson makes goal posts sing with his slapshot

Just one week ago, the Canucks played the Bruins in the most thrilling game of the season, and during the contest, Canucks fans witnessed one of the dirtiest things you will ever see in hockey. I’m not talking about Brad Marchand low-bridging Sami Salo; I’m talking about Cody Hodgson’s filthy slapshot that blew past Tim Thomas for the gamewinning goal. It was, as the kids say, sick, wicked, and nasty.

You just don’t see slapshots like that any more, at least from the stick of a forward. The slapshot is normally the domain of the hulking blueliner who is able to put a massive amount of leverage on the stick to propel the puck forward. The two modern-day masters of the slapshot are Zdeno Chara, who is 6’9″ and 255 lbs, and Shea Weber, who is 6’4″ and 232 lbs.

Hodgson is an even 6′ and weighs a mere 185 lbs. Yet his slapshot is both blistering and precise.

My favourite part about the goal was the gorgeous sound it made. There is no sweeter sound in hockey than the glorious *ping* of a slapshot that goes off the post and in. Close your eyes and just listen:

As much as I love the meticulous wizardry from the Sedins, there is something primal about a slapshot off the rush. It digs into my skin and that glorious *ping* echoes through my skull. A perfectly executed play from the Sedins takes my breath away, but that Hodgson slapshot made me roar.

This wasn’t the first time Hodgson brought Canucks fans this glorious sound and it likely won’t be the last. He scored a similar goal on Jimmy Howard back on December 21st, again making the post sing it’s sweet song.

It’s enough to make me sincerely hope that Hodgson gets a chance to participate in the hardest shot competition at the All-Star Game, along with Alex Edler. My fear is that they’ll think “playmaker” and stick him in the relay, saucer-passing into tiny nets when he should be blasting the puck into a real one.

I’ve mentioned in the past that one of my favourite things about Markus Naslund was the seeming certainty that he was going to score when he had the puck with time to shoot at the faceoff circle. At the height of his career, his wristshot was so lethal that scoring when he was in that situation was an inevitability rather than just a possibility. The moment just before he shot the puck was magical: there was just enough time to inch forward in your seat, widen your eyes, and begin to lift your hands in anticipation.

It is my sincere hope that Hodgson’s slapshot off the rush reaches that level of inevitability. Right now it’s hovering around the level of Jeff Tambellini’s Magic Shooty Spot, which doesn’t quite have the same pedigree. But from now on, whenever Hodgson gets the puck on the rush with room to unleash a slapshot, I will listen carefully, hoping to hear that beautiful *ping* off the post and in.

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24 comments

  1. sarah
    January 14, 2012

    Are the kids still saying wicked? We said that when I was a kid and I’m pretty old.

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    • piker
      January 14, 2012

      And here I was thinking that “wicked” could only be uttered by horny straight guys (South Park) in the context of musical theatre?

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    • stathead
      January 15, 2012

      I think it’s OK to say wicked-cool. I’m still waiting for bitchin’ to make its comeback.

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  2. FrancoL
    January 14, 2012

    A beautiful sound, indeed; one I hope Canucks fans can appreciate for years to come.

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  3. juandesooka
    January 14, 2012

    maybe even “wicked awesome”, but certainly “rad”. I’m pretty old too. My kids would probably just call it “random” and leave it at that.

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  4. cathylu
    January 14, 2012

    To show you how old I am I would call it “bitchin’ ” or even “boss”.

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    • sarah
      January 14, 2012

      Better than groovy or far-out

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      • sarah
        January 14, 2012

        Or swell or neato…

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        • Amor de Cosmos
          January 14, 2012

          It’s neato, whacko, sticko… to be like, totally offshore.

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          • tj
            January 14, 2012

            Well, I tend to say all of these “ironically” (Isn’t it fun to put that word in quotes, like making it ironic-squared… So meta.). Truth is, my senior-citizen mom even says ‘awesome’ now, having picked up the lingo of the once-were-kids. Which is, actually, quite an awesome thing to observe–much like watching her groove in her freaky-mom way to Blitzkrieg Bop at Canucks games is awesome–and, ultimately, unsettling…

            (And I think this thread will have officially killed off any of the teenaged BB lurkers ;) Nice work!)

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  5. Nee
    January 14, 2012

    Ah, the Magic Shooty Spot. Fond memories of last November. Whither Tambo?

    Kesler was pretty good at lasering in pucks from this area last season….haven’t seen many of those from him thus far this season. Not sure why that is.

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    • Fred
      January 14, 2012

      Looks like teams are onto it and cutting him off in that spot. Everytime I see him get there, they are on him like flies on … honey.

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  6. John in Marpole
    January 14, 2012

    Goaltenders fear the *tink* sound.

    *Tink* means the puck only caught a part of the bar, and more often than not (or so it seems anyways) the puck goes into the net rather than towards the corner/boards.

    A solid *clunk* usually means the puck caught full pipe and there is a better chance it is headed back towards whence it came and not across the goal line.

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  7. Metaxa
    January 14, 2012

    Wicked is a Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire thing, I tell you.

    “That’s wicked good chowda there, Martha”
    (Martha Stuart lives in Maine at times)

    So…there is that to consider.

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  8. Rob
    January 14, 2012

    I’m old enough that that goal made me think of Reggie Leach, Richard Martin, and the Flower.

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    • the olde coot
      January 14, 2012

      once again:

      of hodgson’s shot i’ve this to say
      shades of yvan cournoyer

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  9. akidd
    January 14, 2012

    that sound is glorious, i agree. there is velocity and accuracy. coho hasn’t taken too many slapshots this year but has a pretty good percentage going. he’s probably running a bit lucky so far but what a weapon to have. i would guess though that for every goal he gets from the slapshot he assists on three more from goalies feeling compelled to come out and challenge him and him dishing off.

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  10. Canuckles
    January 14, 2012

    Did anyone else notice that the crowd in boston sorta sounded like they were all going “Whoa” after that goal?

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  11. starfish
    January 14, 2012

    Yeah, I noticed it tonight but strangely not the ten other times I watched it. Is it possible that we have misjudged the boston fans & they too were in awe of the shot. So definitive. So shockingly masterful. Even when a player on the visiting team executes it.

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  12. Tom
    January 15, 2012

    I`d rather Hodgson slap it in than #passittobulis.

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  13. superreggie
    January 15, 2012

    It must be deafening to the goalie. Great article. I listened to the game on the radio. And the sound just gave me a deep inner spasm…

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  14. Cody
    January 15, 2012

    The simplicity of the shot is what I think is magical. I love how he taps his stick on the ice behind the puck just before he takes the shot. The cerebellum is responsible for muscle memory or sub-conscious muscle movement and that stick tap habit speaks volumes about how many times he has probably practiced that shot. Goals like these cannot be called lucky and that is another part of the joy these goals bring. Some of the most amazing dekes we have seen can be called lucky, but I don’t believe anyone calls a pure shooters goal lucky!

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    • tom selleck's moustache
      January 15, 2012

      That and also how his head is up when he’s taking the shot. Makes me think that he may have some crazy accuracy with his shot as well as power, which is a pretty scary combination.

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  15. Brosef Stalin
    January 15, 2012

    Yet another one tonight. “Silent G” seems to be good at making what is now being referred to as “Joyful Noise” by John & John.

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