The Montreal Canadiens were feeling good in the second period of Game 5 of their third-round series against the New York Rangers. They were up 4-1 and threatened to make it 5-1 while chasing starter Henrik Lundqvist from the net. But then, as is wont to happen in the playoffs, a crazy bounce led to a shift in energy: in this case, the Rangers got one when Habs defenseman Josh Gorges scored on his own net.
Rangers star winger Rick Nash began the bizarre play by firing the puck toward Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski from along the boards near Montreal’s goal line. Gorges was the only player in front of the net, but his stick perfectly deflected the puck through Tokarski’s legs.
The goal triggered a comeback by the Blueshirts, who tied the game at four goals apiece before the Canadiens regained the lead heading into to the second intermission. But it’s a goal Gorges will never forget. For all the wrong reasons.