Uh, derp? Patrick Kane somehow scores own-goal on Blackhawks’ empty net (video)
Riding a three-game winless streak, the last thing the Chicago Blackhawks needed was to lose on Sunday to the Edmonton Oilers as a result of a bizarre play when Patrick Kane somehow miraculously — or terribly, more accurately — scored an empty net goal … for the Oilers.
In the second period with the Blackhawks up 2-1, Kane, attempting to feed the point by bouncing the puck off the sidewall, saw his pass carom off the wall and clear the zone. And the puck kept going and going … and going, eventually ending up in back of the Blackhawks’ net, which had been vacated by Antti Raanta as Chicago had an extra attacker on the ice and the goalie pulled due to a delayed penalty call on Devan Dubnyk for slashing.
As he saw the puck traveling towards the net, Kane leaned to one side like a golfer after a shot off the mark, hoping he could somehow will the puck to miss the net. It didn’t work.
The own-goal tied the score 2-2, but the Blackhawks scored three more goals and won the game 5-3.
An embarrassed Kane admitted afterward that some good-natured ribbing from his teammates ensued following the unfortunate play.
“I think there [were] a few jabs after the second period, but nothing too crazy,” Kane revealed, as quoted in an NHL.com report. “[It was] just things like I had a goal and two assists tonight instead of just two assists. It’s funny, you know, you’re trying to score for your team and you end up putting one in the net for the other team. It’s pretty crazy how that happens.”
As stated above, since Chicago won the game, no biggie. Just another odd story in a long line of tales where we can amusingly mutter, “Only Patrick Kane.”