So far, the 2013 NHL playoffs have shown the world why the goaltender is the most important position in sports. We’ve been witness to amazing displays of athleticism, jaw-dropping saves on shots were sure were going in, and games in which the better team lost, because they ran into a goaltender who was, in the words of the great Dan Patrick, “en fuego.”
We’ve also been witness to some of the most mind-boggling ugly/embarrassing/WTF goals I can recall ever seeing. It’s time to decide: which of these bad boys is the worst goal of the playoffs so far?
Entry numero uno: Jonathan Quick‘s OT gaffe.
I know you remember this one! It’s bad by anyone’s standards – but when it’s the fault of a defending Stanley Cup/Conn Smythe-winning champion, it brings it to a whole new level of awfulness. I’m not sure what Quick was thinking here, but at least he got his awful moment out of the way early in these playoffs.
Entry numero dos: Marc-Andre Fleury‘s new approach to net-minding goal.
Here it is: the reason Fleury has been benched for the past seven games. Youth hockey goalies should note that you are not encouraged to actually crawl into your net to play goal.
Entry numero tres: Tuukka Rask cannot hit the changeup.
Any baseball pitcher who throws hard knows the value of the changeup: keeps hitters guessing. I now know why Rask doesn’t pay baseball: he can’t handle the off-speed stuff.
Entry numero cuatro: Jimmy Howard gives up the rebound, and the wrap-around
Howard has played lights-out hockey in these playoffs, but last night he gave up a juicy rebound and was too far out in front of his goal to stop what happened next.
Time to cast your vote: which one of those should embarrass the goalie who surrendered it the most?