Patrick Kane’s pass flew down the ice, too fast for a teammate to catch it and the Edmonton Oilers certainly weren’t going to do anything to stop it.
It was another “goal” for Kane -- sort of.
Kane scored an own goal that hurt the right wing’s pride more than it did his team, as the Chicago Blackhawks still went on to beat the Oilers 5-3 at the United Center on Sunday night.
The Blackhawks were already on a power play midway through the second period, as Taylor Hall was whistled for a hooking penalty. About a minute into that penalty, a delayed penalty was coming on Devan Dubnyk for slashing and goaltender Antti Raanta left the Blackhawks’ net. Kane probably assumed there would be a Blackhawks player at the point to grab his pass. There wasn’t.
Kane slapped himself on the forehead as the puck went into the Blackhawks’ empty net.
“I guess I had enough speed for it to go in. I don’t know if it picked up speed or not,” Kane said. “At one point I thought it was stopping and (Oilers right wing Mark) Arcobello would touch it and the play would be over. But it picked up speed and kept going in, so it was kind of a weird play, I guess.”
The Blackhawks were beneficiaries of another strange own goal against Tampa Bay on Oct. 24. Matt Carle tried to pass back to Radko Gudas late in the third period of that one, but the puck glanced off Gudas’ skate and through goaltender Ben Bishop, tying the game at 5-5 and sending it to overtime. Jonathan Toews, who had barely come onto the ice when the play happened, was “credited” with that goal. Edmonton center Boyd Gordon, who was not on the ice for Kane’s own goal, was nevertheless given it on the score sheet.
“I was thinking (about hopping back on the ice) but it was going too fast I didn’t have any chance,” Raanta said of the goal. “That’s how the life goes sometimes.”
The own-goal drama and 2-2 tie score resulting from the own goal were short-lived. Marian Hossa, celebrating his 35th birthday, scored less than 30 seconds into the Blackhawks’ 5-on-3 power play for a 3-2 advantage.
With the victory, Kane could take the moment in stride. And his teammates, of course, could rib him some for it.
“I think there were a few jabs after the second period, but nothing too crazy. Things like, I had a goal and two assists tonight instead of just two assists,” Kane said to laughs. “It’s funny: you’re trying to score for your team you end up putting one in the net for the other team. It’s pretty crazy how that happens.”
Defenseman Duncan Keith said, “yeah, we were giving Kaner a little bit of the gears on that one. It was just one of those things that, for whatever reason, it was funny and what can you do about it. We knew we had a 5-on-3 coming so no one was panicking by any means.”