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Most embarrassing goalie gaffes

- October 8th, 2013

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Jonathan Quick can add his name to the pantheon of NHL goaltenders who flubbed the puck one way or another into their net. The Los Angeles goalie lost his stick trying to play the puck after it was iced during a Kings power play in Monday night’s game against the New York Rangers.

Not to be outdone, we present to you the most embarrassing goalie gaffes in recent memory.


Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils: the future Hall of Famer had a similar experience to Quick’s mistake during the 2003 Stanley Cup final against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Just like Quick, Brodeur loses his stick trying to play the puck and deflects it into the net. Luckily for Brodeur, the Devils would win the Cup that year.


Vesa Toskala, Toronto Maple Leafs: In March 2008, Toskala couldn’t handle a bouncing puck that was shot the length of the rink by New York Islanders defenceman Rob Davison. It took several funny hops just before changing direction on the Leafs netminder. Ouch.


Ondrej Pavelec, Atlanta Thrashers: Washington Capitals defenceman Jeff Schultz scored his first goal of the 2009-10 season when he took a 190-foot shot that skipped on the ice before jumping over Pavelec’s glove.


Dan Cloutier, Vancouver Canucks: the Canucks netminder couldn’t handle a shoot-in from centre ice by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom. Cloutier was never the same, as injuries played a part at the end of his career.


Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins: the Montreal Canadiens capitalized on Rask flubbing a shoot-in, scoring a goal when the Bruins goaltender simply missed the puck entirely.


Jeff Hackett, Philadelphia Flyers: New Jersey Devils Hall of Fame defenceman Scott Niedermayer takes a shot from centre ice and finds the twine on career backup Jeff Hackett.


Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks: during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Niemi couldn’t block a backhanded dump-in from the blueline from J.P. Dumont of the Nashville Predators. Fortunately for Niemi, he would redeem himself by winning the Stanley Cup.


Tommy Salo, Team Sweden: one of the most famous upsets in Olympic history, Belarus would knock off Sweden 4-3 in the quarterfinals at the Salt Lake Winter Games in 2002. Salo was the goat, giving up the game-winning goal on a shoot-in from outside the blueline with less than two and a half minutes to go in the game.


Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues: scoring on yourself by batting the puck out of mid-air is what happened to Blues netminder Halak on Nov. 17, 2010 while facing the Red Wings in Detroit. Halak makes the initial save before knocking the puck behind him and into his own net.

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3 comments

  1. Cpt CasualT | October 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Mike Palmateer (several times) and Allan Bester belong on this list.

  2. Derek | October 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Don’t forget the Fleury mistake during the world juniors.

  3. T. Ross | October 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    What about Patty Roy’s “I’ve got it and you can’t have it – OOPs I don’t have it” gaffe in the playoffs?

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