In the category of “you won’t see this every day”, tonight’s NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks provided us with a moment that we will likely never see again.
In the second period with the Canadiens trailing 2-1, Habs forward Max Pacioretty was hauled down on a breakaway, and was awarded a penalty shot. Pacioretty missed the net completely on the shot which kept the game at 2-1. Then, less than two minutes later, Pacioretty was taken down again on a breakaway, and, again, failed to score on a penalty shot.
At least with the second shot Pacioretty hit the net, but Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo easily made the pad save.
#Habs Max Pacioretty is the first player in NHL history with 2 unsuccessful penalty shots in the same period.
— Sportsnet Ticker (@SportsnetTicker) February 7, 2014
Erik Cole, currently of the Dallas Stars, is the only other player to earn two penalty shots in the same game. Cole was a member of the Carolina Hurricanes when he did it back in 2005. Unlike Pacioretty, though, Cole scored on one of his attempts.
Pacioretty can take solace in the fact that his team beat Vancouver 5-2 to earn two key points in the race for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.