"Wow. I don't think I've seen a stranger goal in this building than that one," proclaimed one of the announcers covering the Vancouver Canucks game at home against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. That statement, while not especially descriptive, pretty much summed up the freaky goal scored on Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. To attempt to describe the puck's unusual flight path after being dumped into the boards by Joe Thornton and dancing up over the back of the net wouldn't do the incident justice. You're just going to have to watch it again and again.
Goalie scores on goalie:
Goalkeepers don't score very often in soccer for obvious reasons — the chances of beating the opposing goalie with a kick from about 100 yards away are understandably slim. But once in a blue moon, a strike powerful enough to span the entire length of the field conspires with an epic lapse in judgement from the awaiting keeper and the improbable happens. Just ask Stoke City's Asmir Begovic, who scored from his own box ten seconds into the game against Southampton when Artur Boruc misjudged the 100-yard kick.
Blame it on the rain:
You don't necessarily need a goalkeeper when you play on a field like the one which hosted the Lithuania Cup quarterfinal between VMFD Zalgiris and Kruoja. In wet conditions, Kruoja was up one goal in the match and seemed to have the makings of an insurance goal when their striker beat Zalgiris' goalkeeper on a shot destined for the back of the net — until a pit of mud in front of the net stopped the ball's momentum for the save. It would prove as costly as it was strange, as Zalgiris would go on to beat Kruoja 2-1.
Reversal of fortune:
Andrea Bargnani has had a bit of a shaky start with the New York Knicks this season and his attempt at a reverse jam against the Minnesota Timberwolves probably didn't help his cause. After getting a step on Kevin Love along the baseline Bargnani lined up what he thought was going to be a monster dunk. Only problem was he couldn't seem to get the ball to go in the rim, let alone touch it.
Souvenirs at all costs:
We've all seen fans go to great lengths to recover potential souvenirs that end up in the stands, like baseballs hit into the bleachers or the occasional hockey puck deflected over the glass. But one hockey fan in Chicago took crazy measures at the United Center to try to make sure he went home with a piece of memorabilia — he pried the helmet off the head of Adam Pardy after the Winnipeg Jets defenseman was checked through the boards.