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From the penthouse to the outhouse: Devin Setoguchi’s epic shootout wipeout (video)

To say Minnesota Wild winger Devin Setoguchi’s night went from the apex of game-saving heroics to the pits of fail and the role of goat during the team’s game against the Montreal Canadiens would be a drastic understatement. The Wild, down 4-1 late in the third period, staged an incredible rally, scoring three goals in the final 3 minutes, 53 seconds to tie the score and send it the game to overtime, capped by Setoguchi’s tying goal with 9.8 seconds remaining in regulation.

Unfortunately — not to mention embarrassingly — Setoguchi’s effort to send the shootout to another round after a scoreless overtime was particularly brutal and humiliating, as he skated outside the “fresh” ice created by the pass of the Zamboni, the puck got caught up in the chunky playing surface and Setoguchi clinched the ugly shootout attempt when momentum got the best of him as he tumbled helplessly to the ice while attempting to retrieve the puck which was just sitting there behind him. Game over. Canadiens win, 5-4.

Said Setoguchi (via Star Tribune):

“As soon as you stop, it’s over anyways, but I just decided to do it with a little more flare and fall,” Setoguchi said. “It’s frustrating. I mean, you have a chance to keep the game alive and something like that happens.”

Ha. Flair. With the amount of flair Setoguchi demonstrated, he could land a server job at Chotchkie’s. Probably even get assigned to the best section in his first shift.

What a horrible turn of events for the guy. He probably took little solace in the fact that his late-game heroics salvaged a point in an otherwise disappointing night for the Wild. That is, until time was running out on them. But overall, most people will only remember Setoguchi’s colossal spill. Too bad.

(full-game highlights, including the Wild’s furious rally follows)

Ouch. What could have been.