The NHL is quite the contradiction within itself. No other sport combined such grace as skating on ice, with the toughness of being checked into the boards or being taken off your feet by a big hit. We watch this sport to be amazed by the toughness, the skills and the athleticism of the players on ice, because more so that with any other big four sport here in North America these athletes are performing acts we just cannot do on a nightly basis.
To many of us, the mere idea of skating backwards on ice at speed seems impossible. Now add to that scenario the best attackers in the world bearing down on your goal and you have to not only keep your feet and your balance, but you also have to find some way to stop them scoring. If that task seems to be an impossibility, well we better not talk about trying to stop a tiny puck travelling at over 100 mph which is upon you in the blink of an eye.
Having said all that though, after marveling at everything these players do so well, it is still just as much fun to see them mess things up.
Greatness may be found by playing the balance of a career with supreme skill at the highest level, but even the best hockey players in the world will occasionally have moments they wish they could take back. The beauty of this is that in today’s world where every game is televised in the team’s local market at least, then every last blooper is caught on camera. When you then add social media and YouTube to the mix, a player’s blooper can be seen worldwide mere moments after it occurred.
With that being said here is a look at the top 10 bloopers from the NHL during the 2014-15 season regular season.
10 Advertising in the NHL
9 Corey Crawford stick save fail
8 Goalie falls over…..himself
7 Roberto Luongo bouncing puck mistake
6 Petrovic boards himself
5 Braden Holtby magic trick
4 (OHL Bonus) Brandon Halverson own goal
3 Stick in the helmet
2 Mitchell Skiba leaving the ice fall
1 Flames score on themselves
Pulling the goaltender on a delayed penalty is a hockey staple. As soon as you go six-on-five the team has the ability to create an open shot somewhere on the ice. What you probably shouldn’t do in this situation however is lose control of the puck in such a way that it slides all the way back down the ice and into your own goal. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Flames managed to score this way on themselves when the game was still scoreless, giving the Vancouver Canucks a 1-0 lead. There is plenty of bad luck in the way that the pass kisses the boards at just the right angle to go into the net, but a length of the ice own goal has to take the top spot on this list. Hopefully the Flames study this thoroughly before their first-round tilt with the Canucks.
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