March 31, 2010
For any puckhead, the name Marek Malik(notes) should immediately conjure one of the greatest shootout highlights since the skills competition was added to the NHL overtime: His between-the-legs goal (video) against Olaf Kolzig(notes) of the Washington Capitals to give the New York Rangers a 15-round shootout win in Nov. 2005.
It's time to add another video classic to the Malik filmography ... for an entirely different reason.
The images above capture Malik, now playing for Servette Geneva of the Swiss Hockey League, scoring on his own goaltender, Tobias Stephan(notes) (former Dallas Stars backup), in a playoff game against EV Zug on March 30 in Bern. From the top left, clockwise: Malik is pressured behind his own goal (1), attempts to pass across the crease to a teammate (2), hits his own goalie on the left skate (3) and the puck deflects into the back of the net (4).
The good news for Malik? This titanic blunder cost his team a 2-1 lead but not the game, as Servette went up 2-1 in their series with a 6-3 victory.
The bad news? Anyone who had Marek Malik in their Das Eishockey fantasy pool will likely not receive credit for this goal ...
Huge stick-tap to Puck Buddy Christian Z. for the heads-up.