Maple Leafs winger P-A Parenteau blew a clear cut breakaway by falling flat on his face Monday night and teammates Zach Hyman and William Nylander couldn’t help but make fun of their veteran linemate.
Parenteau, 32, would likely be the first to admit that he earned every bit of teasing that came his way, though, because he didn’t just lose his chance at a shorthanded breakaway in the second frame of Monday’s game, he blew it in spectacular fashion. With his penalty ending and with no one in front of him, Parenteau had a breakaway on a platter. He hopped onto the ice and took his first couple of strides towards the loose puck before stumbling, tripping over his own skates and face planting into the ice:
Some of the sting of blowing the breakaway chance was taken off considering that Parenteau was the Maple Leaf who scored in the first frame to give Toronto a 1-0 lead, but there’s no way his teammates were going to let him off the hook for falling flat on what would have been a clearcut breakaway chance. Asked about it post-game, Parenteau couldn’t help but laugh and take the blame for tripping over his own feet.
“I’m not sure (what happened), to be honest with you,” Parenteau chuckled. “I’ll be looking at that a little later. I got a little too excited for the breakaway, I think. It’s my fault.”
Parenteau added that linemates Hyman and Nylander were fine on the bench, but made fun of him during intermission for his breakaway gaffe. Maybe Parenteau’s failure sparked something in Nylander, though, because the youngster went off for another goal and assist following Parenteau’s fall and helped Toronto to a 5-2 victory.