Gustav Nyquist's spinning backhand mirrors 11-year-old Datsyuk tally

Sunday December 14th, 2014

In his book Common Sense, George Santayana wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."

Maybe it's time for Roberto Luongo to get a history lesson. 

On Friday, Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist rifled a spinning backhand shot over the Panthers goalie's glove hand and into the top corner. While the goal itself was highlight-reel worthy, it gave some Reddit users a case of deja vu, and with good reason.

The goal was an almost exact clone of a tally Nyquist's teammate Pavel Datsyuk scored against Luongo during his first run with Florida, almost 11 years ago to the day. 

A side-by-side comparison shows the eerie similarities, right down to the same (if updated) advertising on the boards behind the net:

You have to give it to Luongo, though. It's not easy to be that consistent over an 11-year span.

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