D-man's move talk of skills game

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

TORONTO -- It was a move Providence Bruins defenceman Matt Lashoff said he's been using for years.

Lashoff wowed the crowd of 7,091 at Ricoh Coliseum during the AHL All-Star Classic skills competition, creating a Sportscentre moment by going behind his back and sneaking a shot past Bridgeport Sound Tigers goalie Wade Dubielewicz as part of the breakaway relay.

"I've done it many times, ever since I was younger with me and my brother practising outside and doing stupid things," said Lashoff, a rookie from East Greenbush, N.Y. "It wasn't until about halfway down (the ice) that I decided whether I was going to do it or not.

"I had some fun. I had him coming towards me and usually when they follow you to the one side, there's a pretty good chance it's going to go in."

Dubielewicz was disappointed he let the shot in but impressed by the move.

"It went through my armpit, which upsets me a little bit," he said. "It was a great move. You have to give him credit. It was weird and kind of cool at the same time."

Philadelphia Phantoms defenceman Nolan Baumgartner said Lashoff's move caught everyone's attention.

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"That was an amazing goal and all the guys were talking about it," said Baumgartner.

For the record, PlanetUSA defeated Canada 19-14. The actual game goes tonight and can be seen live on Sportsnet at 6 p.m.

MOOSE LOOSE: Manitoba Moose forwards Mike Keane, Jason Jaffray and Brad Moran are hoping to skate on a line together tonight, but have no idea what head coach Bruce Boudreau has planned.

Jaffray was able to participate in the skills competition as wife Michelle remains home in Winnipeg ready to give birth to the couple's first child.

"It was nice to meet a lot of the guys and just enjoy it," said Jaffray. "I remember my first all-star game in the ECHL, I was so nervous and I kept to myself."

Jaffray knows his cellphone could ring at any time, but he'll enjoy the moment until the call comes.

Keane, meanwhile, took his family to the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday afternoon. Jackson, Keane's nine-year-old son, said his favourite part was the replica locker room of the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.

BOMBER'S BLAST?: Baumgartner, heard a smattering of boos after his shots registered the lowest score (87.1 mph) during the hardest shot contest.

"I think it was a foam puck I was shooting with," said Baumgartner, who represented the Moose at the 2005 All-Star game in Manchester, N.H.


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