Luke Schenn scored his first goal of the season last night. The only issue is that Schenn put the puck in the wrong goal.
We’ve seen it happen before. Last year, Patrik Laine fired a shot into his own goal, and who could forget Steve Smith’s infamous own goal. Basically, what I am trying to say is that own goals happen. When (mis)plays like that happen, you want to go and bury your head. It’s unfortunate for the player who committed the error, but what is even worse is that the play will live forever thanks to technology.
Radek Faksa sent the puck on goal from the wall near the goal line. It seemed like a harmless attempt to get the puck on net (and it relatively was). Arizona’s Adin Hill (this was his second NHL game, his first start) used his right pad to deflect the puck and it bounced right to Schenn. To be fair to Schenn it was a juicy rebound. I presume Schenn was trying to fire the puck to the boards away from the net but managed to tickle the twine.
What makes it sting is that Dallas ended up winning 5-4. We could call Schenn’s goal the difference maker (it happened in the 1st period), but no one knows what would have happened if the game managed to get into Overtime.