Oklahoma City Barons forward Linus Omark slid the puck behind his back, then between his legs and fired a laser past San Antonio goalie Jacob Markstrom.
Omark's latest razzle-dazzle move, a game-winner with 3:10 left in the Barons' 3-2 win on Tuesday at the Cox Convention Center, made ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays.
“I just try to play my game,” Omark said after Wednesday's practice. “Anytime you get two points (for a win) it doesn't matter if it's a pretty goal. I'm never looking for it. It just happens.”
The goal already is the most watched okcbarons.com video in the franchise's four-year history. Within 24 hours, Omark's play had more than 75,000 hits, more than double former defenseman Colten Teubert's “Harlem Shake” video (31,150 hits).
“My reaction was ‘Wow,'” said coach Todd Nelson. “(Making SportsCenter) puts Oklahoma City on the map for hockey. Every goal he's scored this year has been a highlight-reel goal. I'm having a lot of fun watching him score (nine) goals.”
Omark, 26, is well known in hockey circles. His flip-it-over-the-goalie shootout game-winner for Team Sweden four years ago is nearing 1 million YouTube hits. He also gained acclaim for a spin-o-rama shootout move in his NHL debut three years ago.
“After that goal the other night, everyone on our bench had huge smiles,” Nelson said. “He's a special player, a creative player. Those type of players don't come through here too often. Enjoy it while he's here.”
Omark played in 65 games over two seasons with Edmonton. Omark led Switzerland's pro league in scoring last year but was cut at the end of Edmonton's camp, cleared waivers and was assigned to Oklahoma City.
Leading the Barons in scoring, Omark experienced a one-game call-up to Edmonton, and he could earn another shot if he proves he can be a two-way player.
“I'm working hard every day. If I get the chance (to play in the NHL) hopefully I can take (advantage),” Omark said. “The last time I tried to play simple. I didn't have much ice time. If it happens (again) next time I want to go do my stuff.”
Omark has scored 60 points in 60 games with the Barons dating back to his North American pro debut in OKC at age 22.
“I like his attitude. He's working hard on all parts of his game,” Nelson said. “He's much more mature than he was when he first played for us three years ago.”
Omark downplayed making ESPN's list but confessed he's heard from many friends and former teammates.
“I knew right away when the papers in Sweden started calling that something happened,” Omark said. “A lot of people saw it. It's been fun.”