"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):