How. Does. This. Happen?
With Jared Tinordi of the Montreal Canadiens in the penalty box on an interference call, the Vancouver Canucks were on a second-period power play. The puck was cleared behind the Vancouver net, where Roberto Luongo played it, as Travis Moen came roaring in on the penalty kill forecheck.
Luongo moved it ahead to Jason Garrison, who left it for Dan Hamhuis, who … somehow lost the puck in a way that sent it right back into Luongo’s crease. Like, perfectly, in a "Canadiens sleeper agent" kind of way.
The Canucks goalie had his back turned, because his job was allegedly done. But the puck deflected off his left skate, and then his right skate, and then went into the back of the net, giving the Habs a 2-1 lead they would carry into the second intermission.
Lars Eller was the last Canadien to touch the puck so he gets credit for the goal. Hopefully it helps him reach some performance bonus by the end of the season to help fund all the beer he owed Dan Hamhuis right now.
As the announcers said, this was one of the strangest own-goals in NHL history, as no less than three Canucks could have prevented the puck from heading back to the crease.
Hamhuis’s explanation for this one could be one for the ages. Check that: We forgot John Tortorella’s going to have to talk about it, too.
For the record, Cory Schneider would have had it.