Ah, the own goal. It’s embarrassing enough to accidentally put one into your own net, let alone when you do it in front of a full crowd.
The NHL has seen quite a few players tally one for the other team, and the trend continued on Thursday when blueliner Matt Carle attempted to pass back to partner Radko Gudas from center ice into the Tampa Bay defensive zone. In what can only be described as a lightning-quick moment, the puck glanced off of Gudas’ skate and behind goalie Ben Bishop.
The own goal erased the Bolts’ lead, which they’d only established 40 seconds earlier, tying the game with just 1:49 left to play. While it certainly might not have been the easiest goal of Jonathan Toews’ career, based on how the play developed beforehand, it’s certainly one that will show up on blooper reels throughout the season.