One-on-one, between the legs, nothing but net.
That’s how Tomas Hertl scored the fourth goal of his breakout, here-I-am-world night in the San Jose Sharks’ 9-2 victory over the New York Rangers. The 19-year-old Czech rookie fooled Marty Biron, passed the puck to himself between his legs and beat Biron — with his mother watching.
“I’m not even sure if he realizes where he is,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said (via NHL.com). “He’s innocent out there.”
Well, at least “baby-faced.”
The Sharks center is the second-youngest NHL player to have a four-goal game, according to the league. The Los Angeles Kings’ Jimmy Carson, who scored four on March 20, 1988, was 19 years, 254 days old; Hertl, who turns 20 on Nov. 12, is 19 years and 330 days.
“It’s crazy. This is a dream,” Hertl, the 17th player taken in the 2012 NHL Draft, said. “This is a dream. Four goals. I never [scored four] in the Czech League, I never had three. In the NHL, it’s crazy.”