Giroux scores ‘missing puck’ OT winner to down Penguins

Just one day after Dennis Wideman scored an odd overtime winner, Claude Giroux has done the same. After the puck disappeared into the equipment of Penguins netminder Thomas Greiss, Giroux was the lucky recipient of the reappearing puck, burying it for the game winner.

It has been a strange couple of days for overtime heroics.

On Monday, Calgary’s Dennis Wideman scored a goal that went in and out so fast he was the only one who knew he scored. Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux followed that up on Tuesday by netting the overtime winner after the puck almost magically disappeared into the equipment of Pittsburgh goaltender Thomas Greiss. Have a look for yourself:

The last look NBC Sports Network gives is the key one. As the puck comes off the stick of Jakub Voracek and hurtles towards Greiss, it enters the neck of his jersey and gets temporarily stuck inside the German netminder’s equipment. Even the commentary team notes that Greiss was likely waiting for a whistle, and on the replay there’s a quick huff by NBCSN analyst Brian Engblom, almost in disbelief.

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After a quick couple of seconds, the puck reemerged and Giroux banged it home for the game-winning goal, celebrating like he’d been there before. The goal stood, and the Flyers skated off as the 3-2 victors in what was nothing short of one of the more controversial games of the season.