"It was a pass, I think ... It was a just bad bounce. It hit the ice and went over my shoulder. Sometimes it happens. It just happened at a bad time." -- Ondrej Pavelec(notes) to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Yeah, that about sums up the 178-foot goal Atlanta Thrashers goalie Pavelec surrendered to Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz(notes) last night that (a) gave Washington a 3-2 lead that became 5-2 (and, eventually, a 5-4 win) just 1 minute and 28 seconds later thanks to Matt Bradley(notes) and Chris Clark(notes); (b) began a sequence had Pavelec getting yanked for Johan Hedberg(notes) in what Coach John Anderson called "a mercy pull"; and perhaps most embarrassing, (c) gave Jeff Schultz a goal.
Take a look at what will surely be one of the NHL's biggest goalie goofs of the season (stick around for the final replay at the :50 mark):
Thrashers blogger Bill Tiller said it took "a bad hop up off the ice just before reaching him" but that "really, if you are a goalkeeper in the NHL you just cannot let that wind up in the net."
This is, of course, the second time in two years we've seen an NHL goalie let in a rink-length shot. Please recall March 17, 2008, as Toronto Maple Leafs keeper Vesa Toskala(notes) allowed an excruciating, slow-bouncing goal from nearly 200 feet away from where New York Islanders defenseman Rob Davison(notes) cleared it while shorthanded in the first period.
Two funky bounces, two awkward goals. We ask you, dear readers -- which long-distance goal is the most embarrassing: Pavelec against the Caps or Toskala against the Isles?
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