"You beat Michigan by staying on your feet:" The science behind the lacrosse move, and how goalies are learning to stop it.

For starters, we’ve all been calling it the wrong thing.

In the mid-90s at Michigan when Mike Legg would pick up the puck on his stick in practice and attempt to score it wasn’t called “The Michigan” or even a lacrosse goal.

“It’s the Legger, that’s what we called it,” former Michigan goalie Marty Turco said. “I guess he got enough PR out of it in the long run, but yeah, it’s the Legger. That’s the proper terminology.”

The Michigan, the Legger, the lacrosse goal… whatever you want to call it, it’s gone from a one-off anomaly to an almost daily occurrence in the hockey world.

When Legg went behind the net and scooped and scored against Minnesota in the NCAA tournament on March 24, 1996, it was legendary and historical. Now a lacrosse-style goal is the subject of discourse. Team Canada trying it

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