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Gaustad makes the play

Paul Gaustad is a grinder, a great faceoff man and a physical presence. So how did he end up with the No. 1 play on SportsCenter Tuesday night?

With a sensational spin move to create space and get off a backhand pass for a Jason Pominville goal.

I didn't get a chance to talk to Gaustad about the play after practice today but Lindy Ruff was effusive in how the veteran center made the kind of move players often work on but rarely pull off. To avoid stick-on-stick combat at times in the offensive zone, the spin to the backhand can be an effective tool and that's what Gaustad used.

"Sometimes  you see it down low where a player will spin to the backhand to get the puck on net," Ruff said. "He read the defenseman  was trying to take that ice away and he made a great play."

"I was more happy about his play than me putting it away," Pominville said after the game when asked about his leap into Gaustad's arms. "It was a great look, right on my stick. I was pretty happy about his play."

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---Mike Harrington


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