Dennis Wideman (Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman thought he scored the OT winner on Monday, so he raised his arms and began to cheer. Play wasn’t blown dead, and by the time he was back to the bench, he thought he had missed a big opportunity. After review, the goal counted, and Wideman lost his mind.
Monday night’s game between the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings is one of those you remember for many reasons once the season is over.
For the entire 64-minute contest, the action was great, fans got a glimpse of 3-on-3 overtime, and the finish was incredible. The only problem, however, was that Calgary’s Dennis Wideman was the only one who knew the game was over.
With less than a minute left in overtime, Wideman got the puck down close to the Los Angeles goal line and, with Kings netminder Jonathan Quick down and sliding across the crease, the Flames defenseman buried the puck in the top shelf. You can hear Wideman after the puck goes in, with his arms raised, hollering, “Yeah!” It would have been an incredible moment to end a fantastic game, but Wideman was the only one who knew he scored.
It’s hard to blame anyone on the ice or Sportsnet’s commentary team of Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey for not knowing that puck crossed the line at first. And if Ball and Hrudey knew the puck went in after Wideman’s shot, it never would have given us the hilarious moment when both realize the puck did actually cross the line before ricocheting out of the net.
As the play wasn’t blown dead on Wideman’s first shot, the Calgary rearguard is pretty visibly upset once the Kings ice the puck. He thought he had a good shot – and he did – at ending the game, and thought he caught the crossbar.
"I raised my arms and then they waved it off,” Wideman said to NHL.com’s Curtis Zupke “And then from the Jumbotron view that they showed, it looked like it hit the crossbar. Then I didn't think it went in."
Wideman’s reaction once the goal is announced just about says it all. There he was, on the brink of missing a great opportunity to end the game, and he thought he had made a huge mistake. But instead, there was jubilation, because his shot couldn’t have been more perfect, and nor could the end of an amazing game.