Jonathan Toews scored the unassisted game-tying goal for the Chicago Blackhawks late in the third period on Thursday night.
OK, maybe “scored” is being generous, seeing as Toews simply had to touch the puck before the Tampa Bay Lightning put into their own net.
And yeah, “unassisted” is a little generous too, considering Matt Carle and Radko Gudas certainly did their part:
“Why were you shooting it back that hard?” From your lips to Ben Bishop’s ears, sir.
As you can see, Toews tried to control the puck but had it taken away on a nice back-check by Marty St. Louis. Carle sent the puck back to Radko Gudas with authority; it went under his stick blade, off his stake and then past Bishop for the tying goal.
The silver lining for the Lightning: They’d eventually get Bishop the win in overtime, 5-4, on a St. Louis goal.
But that doesn’t excuse one of the longest own-goals we’ve seen in recent NHL history.