Tuukka Rask shouldn’t feel too badly about the 100-foot tipped shot by Jannik Hansen that beat him. When it comes to bad, unusual, and shocking goals, everybody hurts sometime.
Today’s players are bigger, faster, stronger and better, which makes it all the more memorable when they mess up.
The Bruins’ netminder is in good company – all goalies surrender crazy or embarrassing goals at some point in their career, some on enormous stages, such as the Stanley Cup final, the World Junior or the Olympic Games.
The following are 10 goals from recent years that have dropped our jaws, either for the utterly bizarre nature in which they were scored, the magnitude of the game or some combination thereof.
1. Vesa Toskala, Toronto, 2008
The Maple Leafs netminder whiffs on a bouncing 197-foot PK panic clear by the Islanders Rob Davison.
2. Tommy Salo, Team Sweden, 2002
It was the shot heard around Sweden, and Belarus, as the heavily favored Tre Kronor can’t recover from the goal by Vladimir Kopat that caroms off their stopper’s noggin. According to Google translate, the announcers are advocating against the goal being immortalized as a Swedish stamp.
3. Patrick Roy, Colorado, 2002
In Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference final, Roy picks a cherry, then promptly drops it. Only he isn’t aware. The Avs, who were up 3-2 in the series, lost this game and Game 7 and were eliminated.
4. Steve Smith, Edmonton, 1986
In the third period of Game 7 of the 1986 Smythe Division final, with the score tied 2-2, Smith banks one off Grant Fuhr’s pad. The Flames went on to win the game and interrupt the Oilers’ dynasty.
5. Marc Bergevin, St. Louis, 2000
The Habs’ GM, who was a notorious prankster during his playing days, gave everyone except supporters of the Blues a laugh during a playoff game against San Jose in 2000. In an attempt to clear the puck, he tosses it past surprised stopper Roman Turek.
6. Patrik Stefan, Dallas, 2007
The first overall pick by the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999, Stefan is best remembered for his monumental empty-net miss that would have sealed a win for Dallas. Instead, he flubs, the Oilers streak back the other way and tie the game on a nifty move by Ales Hemsky in the dying seconds.
7. Marc-Andre Fleury, Team Canada, 2004
In the World Junior Championship gold medal game against the Americans, with the game tied late in the third period, Fleury attemtps to clear the puck, but instead banks it off Patrick O’Sullivan and back into the empty Canadian goal. And just like that, Team USA won its first ever WJC crown.
8. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey, 2003
In Game 3 of the 2003 Stanley Cup final, Brodeur tries to corral a shoot-in by Sandis Ozolinsh, but instead loses his stick and gains a highlight reel.
9. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles, 2013
Anything Brodeur can do, Quick can do better. This deja-vu play came on a length-of-the-ice clear by New York’s Ryan McDonagh.
10. Jonathan Bernier, Toronto, 2013
Carolina’s Ron Hainsey is credited with this game-winning goal over Toronto. Because someone had to be.
Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis, 2010
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