It was a rough 3rd period for Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian last night against the Anaheim Ducks. With the score tied at 2 apiece, less than 7 minutes to play in the game, the Jets blue liner slipped up and gave the puck away to a wide open Corey Perry. The Ducks sniper clinically buried over the shoulder of goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. The goal gave Anaheim a 3-2 lead. They hung on to win by that score.
Bogosian’s giveaway was unlucky and costly, however, he’s not the first NHL star to make a game altering mistake. Here is a look at some of the NHL’s most epic giveaways.
In the 1st round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick served one up for Alex Steen of the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 overtime. While playing the puck behind the net, Quick went to bank it off the boards around the pursuing Blues forward. Quick’s bank shot had a bad angle, and was easily picked off. Steen wrapped the loose puck around into an empty net for the win.
Former 1st overall pick Patrik Stefan is perhaps best known for one of the most unbelievable giveaways in NHL history. With nothing in front of him but an empty net, the Stars centre needed only to slide the disc into the open cage. Somehow, Stefan let his guard down – the puck hopped up on him, bounced beyond the goal line – causing Stefan to fall when he tried to rectify his mistake with a wrap around. The Oilers went back the other way and scored a tying goal with just seconds left in the 3rd period.
If Zach Bogosian feels bad about his mistake, he could gain comfort from watching Jonathan Quick’s mistake in the playoffs or Patrik Stefan’s embarrassing mishap.
Giving the puck away always makes the culprit look bad in the moment. But how about when an NHL defenceman goes one further and actually puts the puck in his own net? That happens too from time to time. Here are three unlucky examples of defencemen doing the unthinkable – scoring a goal on their own team.
Bryan McCabe isn’t the only NHL defender to beat his own goaltender for an accidental goal against. As a member of the St. Louis Blues, Erik Johnson put a puck into his own net while trying to clear a rebound. The look on EJ’s face is priceless.
Of course, if we’re talking about giveaways and Own Goals, there are perhaps none more famous than a Game 7 gaff by former Edmonton Oilers’ blue liner Steve Smith. The Flames won the game and series that night.