These days, goalies are trying everything to stop one of the greatest scorers in NHL history.
In a shootout attempt Sunday, Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev threw his stick at the puck Capitals’ forward Alex Ovechkin was likely to put in the back of the net.
Instead, the stick throw caused Ovechkin to lose control and not get off an attempt.
Ovechkin made a move that faked out Georgiev and gave him a huge area of the net to tuck in a goal. But Georgiev, who made 37 saves in the game, had other plans, making it one of the more odd ways to end a game.
The officials first called it a no goal, but changed the call to a goal after a review, giving the Capitals a 3-2 shootout win in four rounds.
Rule 25.4 states that during a penalty shot “a goal will be awarded when a goalkeeper attempts to stop a penalty shot by throwing his stick or any other object at the player taking the shot or by dislodging the goal (either deliberately or accidentally).”
Ovechkin has 652 regular-season goals, and while this shootout goal doesn’t add to that total, it is certainly one of his most bizarre “game-winners” since he didn’t even put the puck in the back of the net.