It’s rare that an NHL players scores on his own net, and it’s even rarer to have that player be one of the elite players in the game. But last night when the Chicago Blackhawks welcomed the Edmonton Oilers into the United Center, Patrick Kane scored on his own net in the most improbable of ways.
It wasn’t a case where he was right in front of his own goal and kicked the puck in, rather Kane was on the opposite side of the ice and still scored on his own goal. The gaffe came in a 2-1 game during the second period and was a sort of ‘one in a million’ type of goals.
On a delayed penalty, you pull your goalie if the action is on the other end of the ice, as the first opponent to touch the puck stops play. So Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta skated off with the puck well controlled in the Oilers zone, but when Patrick Kane dump the puck to a defenseman who wasn’t there, the puck bounced off the boards, traveled the length of the ice and wound up in the Blackhawks goal.
Kane made up for the mistake later in the game by getting the Blackhawks a go-ahead 3-2 goal and Chicago ended up winning the game 5-3.
Patrick Kane did not score the Oilers third goal of the game however.