The Carolina Hurricanes scored seven goals against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday afternoon. Five of them came off the combined sticks of Elias Lindholm
, who posted his first-career hat trick in a five-point effort, and Jeff Skinner
But one goal stole the show. With context, it was the first crack in the dam that eventually spelled a gigantic flood of goals – six straight, to be exact. Without context, it was a perfect convergence of skill, desperation and perhaps a bit of luck, and it produced the highlight of the night, if not one of the top goals of the season.
Here’s what happened, as best as can be described: Alexander Semin, skating into the slot, was slashed/tripped/hauled down in an illegal fashion, and the Oilers were going to be penalized for said infraction. Semin had other ideas. Though he lost the puck, it careened off the pad of Richard Bachman back out into the slot. Falling to the ice, Semin did not lose sight of the puck, and from his stomach, was able to direct the puck into the net.
Words can only say so much. Check out the video below.
The goal was tabbed as #The1 on FOX Sports Live. SportsCenter ranked it the second-best play of the day (because basketball). The NHL’s tweet of the goal – calling it “ABSOLUTELY INSANE” – has been retweeted and favorited nearly 1,700 times each as of Monday afternoon. A little news site called CNN featured the goal on its homepage. So did Yahoo!. And it might have made an appearance on an Australian news station.
Here’s what the locker room had to say both after the game and a day later.Justin Faulk
“It was a good play by him to go hard to the net. And then I saw him, I don’t know, twirl around and try to shoot it or whatever, slide it. I didn’t know it went in, to be honest. I didn’t know if Skinny had tipped it. I don’t know if anyone noticed right away that it went in. We couldn’t see because the goalie is on the ice and Skinny is behind him, so you couldn’t see the puck go in. It was pretty nice, and a good effort by him to get it in there.”
“I saw it looping on Twitter a little bit. I think that’s more of Vine thing, right – loops? You don’t see goals like that too often. People say it’s a spectacular goal, but I think what goes along with that most is the effort to get it. Not a lot of people would maybe think to do that, but it’s just working hard. He created it and finished it off. It was nice.”Lindholm
“That’s the type of goal you only see on the highlights, and now we could watch one live here. That’s a great goal to see.”Skinner
“He’s obviously got a lot of skill, like you saw on his goal.”
“It’s a highlight reel goal, but it doesn’t happen unless he’s working and not giving up on the play. It was nice to see. I think the guys responded after that.”Eric Staal
“I mean, pretty nice. That will probably be up there on the highlight reel for a while. It’s tough to put something like that into words. It’s just a really nice goal.”
“That’s a pretty circus shot, but he’s got skill. That’s evident, and I think everyone knows that.”
“It’s just one of those desperation plays with skill on top of it. He’s going to the net hard, the guy took a penalty on him, he’s down and from there your natural skill and instinct take over.”Semin
“I just shoot for the net.”
“The other guy slashed me in my legs, and I go down. I just saw the puck, turned and put it in.”
“I am playing hockey.”
Twitter was, for lack of a better term, atwitter over the goal. Here is just a sampling of what was said in 140 characters or less.
And, finally, the goal forever immortalized in GIF form: