Hockey is no stranger to bloopers and mistakes. In fact, many comedic moments have made ice-hockey highlight reels over the years. As part of our Saturday Saves column, we take a look at some of the best “soft goals”in the world of hockey. These, of course, were fluke goals that had absolutely no chance of happening – but did! With that in mind, let’s roll the tape.
While we are covering soft goals this season, we had to include one of the best fluke goals from last season. This took place on December 2, 2016, in a match between Sabres and Rangers. Lundqvist allowed a soft goal from center ice to penetrate the net! It is amazing how much time he had to stop the goal – but it was not meant to be. Take a look at the video.
In a match between the Coyotes and Leafs early in the season, Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a beautiful soft goal from center ice. This was truly an incredible short-handed goal that must be seen to be believed!
In what has been nicknamed the Twilight Zone goal of the NHL, check out 0:51 of this video featuring Carolina versus Pittsburgh. Kris Versteeg of the Hurricanes was credited with the goal, which went off another player’s stick and hit the wall. The puck then came off the wall and hit the back of the Penguin’s goalie to go in the net. This was as beautiful to watch as it was weird!
Empty net goals can be a result of bloopers, mistakes or even flukes. However, check out this empty netter from October 2017 in a match between the Flyers and Panthers. The puck found the net as a result of a face-off, and the Floridians gamble simply did not pay off.
These were some of the funniest yet exciting soft goals that happened in the NHL. However, fluke goals also happen in the minors and junior leagues as well. We will continue to highlight some more soft goals in the weeks and months ahead.
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