Few goals come easily in the hard fought world of the NHL. And almost none come this easily.
In the closing minutes of a 2-all tie between the Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks Sunday, Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian chased down a puck behind his own net without any real pursuit from the Ducks. In a moment that seemed as routine as they come, all the 23-year-old Team USA hopeful needed to do to successfully clear the puck from behind goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was to get his stick on it. Instead, he whiffed on the play and the puck trickled right to Ducks right-winger Corey Perry in front of the net. The opportunistic Perry showed his appreciation for the early Christmas gift by one-timing the puck right past Pavelec for a goal. The tally would end up deciding the game.
Was there a luckier man than Corey Perry anywhere in America on Sunday? Actually, there was. A Las Vegas man pulled off a nearly impossible feat by winning an 18-team parlay, turning his modest $282 bet into $54,268.91. Check out this tweet:
Sitting by a guy who won an 18-game parlay. Had to win Broncos game to win $54,268.91. Nailed it. pic.twitter.com/rQ6Ie8ikQ8
— Ben Hanten (@benhanten) October 7, 2013
For those who aren't as versed in the world of "sports investing" as Mr. Brent Musburger, to win an 18-team parlay one must win all 18 games in question. The odds of this happening are approximately 262,142:1. But when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos sealed their 51-48 victory over Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys, the man's eighteenth and final bet went the way of his first seventeen: winner, winner, chicken dinner. Though we're guessing he probably celebrated with steak.
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But why take from casinos when you can take from the Atlanta Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers took control of their NLDS in Game 3 with a 13-6 win, highlighted by a show-stopping performance from Carl Crawford on offense and defense.