Czech Tlusty out

LANCE HORNBY

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Jiri Tlusty is doing his best to get noticed by the Maple Leafs and the Czech national junior team.

Demoted earlier this week, the winger has back-to-back multi-points game, including two yesterday afternoon as the Marlies defeated Binghamton 2-1.

Leafs assistant general manager Jeff Jackson said last night the club has not heard from the Czech Ice Hockey Federation about requesting his release for the world junior championships later this month, speculating it might be unsure about the shoulder/collarbone injury he suffered last month and whether the demotion would affect his play.

A 20-YEAR HEX

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of Ron Hextall becoming the first NHL goalie to shoot the puck for a goal as opposed to it being awarded. But at least one Leaf could boast membership in the exclusive club.

"I did it in 1999 when I played in Sweden (for the club team Farjestad)," Vesa Toskala said. "I put it over everyone and right in the net. Top shelf. They voted it goal of the year in Sweden."

Andrew Raycroft could only claim to have put a shot through the other crease as a junior.

"Let's face it, there's a lot of luck involved," Raycroft said. "Hextall worked at it and had a great shot, but the way forwards can get on you so quickly these days (with defencemen unable to interfere and goalies unable to go into corners), I don't think you'll see many more do it."

Hextall, of the Philadelphia Flyers, scored on the Bruins with Reggie Lemelin on the bench for a sixth man and duplicated it in a playoff game two years later.

Mika Noronen, then with the Buffalo Sabres, was awarded one against the Leafs in 2004, on a centring pass by Robert Reichel that went almost 200 feet into his own net.

Chris Osgood, Martin Brodeur, Jose Theodore and Evgeni Nabokov have scored on a shot since. Nine goalies have done it overall.


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