Good Gracious: Gargantuan Goon Gets Goal
Miracles do happen! After an inconceivable 4 years, 10 months, 2 days without one, New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogard finally scored a goal in last night’s game against the Washington Capitals, ending the longest goal drought by any active player in the NHL, a jaw-dropping 234 games. Boogaard last scored a goal on January 4, 2006 against the Anaheim Ducks when he was still with the Minnesota Wild. The miraculous offensive output by the Boogeyman arrived three minutes fifteen seconds into the second period on a 2-0 break. Boogaard fired a slapshot from the left circle to beat Michal Neuvirth, who now is probably drawing a considerable amount of grief from his teammates for giving up a goal to a player known much more for his brutal pugilistic and ruffian-related skills (565 penalty minutes) than his scoring prowess (3 goals in 268 career games).
Unfortunately, the Rangers couldn’t ride Boogaard’s sporadic scoring touch to a win, giving up three unanswered goals to the Capitals and losing 5-3. Said Boogaard (via Yahoo!):
“Hopefully, I don’t get on a streak like that again,” he said.
Indeed, Boogeyman. Indeed. But now that he has ended his scoring drought, he can go back to what he does best: beating other players skulls in with ferocious, savage precision:
Caps get unlikely offense, top Rangers again [Yahoo!/AP]