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Random Bruins highlight: Blake Wheeler dekes through the entirety of St. Louis

Shorthanded, no less.

Boston Bruins v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

It’s summer! We need content, you need a quick read/view. Let’s take a trip down memory lane with a daily dose of Bruins nostalgia.

When: December 21, 2008

What: Blake Wheeler starts a shorthanded rush, takes a hit, dekes, dekes again and scores. Get all that?

The Bruins were money in the 2008-2009 regular season. The team regularly demolished the opposition, led by huge seasons by Marc Savard, David Krejci and Phil Kessel.

They were also boosted by a rookie named Blake Wheeler, who chose to sign with the Bruins after passing on signing with the team that drafted him (Jimmy Vesey thanks you, Blake).

Wheeler was fun to watch that season (and now, too). He was big, but could skate. His monster strides seemed to create odd-man rushes out of nowhere. Sure, he went offsides a lot, but he also recorded 45 points as a rookie.

His prettiest point was the goal you see above, when Wheeler:

  • Took the puck to the middle of the ice
  • Took a hit
  • Deked
  • Deked again
  • Got stoned by a highlight-reel stick save
  • Put the rebound in

Oh, and all of this was shorthanded.

Blake Wheeler > St. Louis. It’s science.