Slumping Patrick Kane buries one…into his own goal

Jason Kay
Edmonton Oilers v Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane hasn’t scored in 2014, so his own goal last night isn’t particularly funny. If you’re Patrick Kane.

To those of us mortals who take occasional pleasure in unusual gaffes by extraordinary athletes, it was a bit of a rib tickler.

In the second period of Chicago’s game Sunday night versus Edmonton, with Hawks already on the power play, the Oilers were nailed for a second infraction. On the delayed call, goalie Antti Raanta left his net for the extra attacker and Kane subsequently slid the puck back to the point.

Only it was vacant and the disc traveled 200 feet into the yawning cage as Oilers rookie Mark Arcobello runs some interference and wisely doesn’t touch the puck. Boyd Gordon got credit for the goal.

The good news for Kane and the Hawks is that they scored on the ensuing two-man advantage and won the contest 5-3.

The Kane miscue isn’t the best own-goal of the season. That honor belongs to the Vancouver Canucks who, on Oct. 12 versus Montreal, played keystone cops, criss-crossing in front of their net while a misplayed puck deflects between Roberto Luongo’s legs. Now that was truly funny.