No lead is ever safe in professional sports, and we were almost reminded as much on Thursday.
The Montreal Canadiens were in complete control with a 4-1 advantage over the Minnesota Wild with under four minutes to play. With the Canadiens in dead last in the Eastern Conference, it looked to be a much-needed victory.
But nothing comes easy when you’re in last place.
A furious rally by the home team netted three straight goals in the final 3:53 of the game to send it into overtime.
With the home crowd in a frenzy and all of the momentum in the world on the Wild’s side, the Canadians looked to be the victims of one of the worst choke jobs of the season.
Enter Devin Setoguchi.
After failing to break the tie, the game went into sudden death overtime. Down 1-0 in the shootout on the Wild’s third attempt, Setoguchi had to score or the game was over.
With the adrenaline pumping and the game in his hands, Setoguchi began skating at a furious speed only to leave the puck behind him. As he turns around to retrieve it, he completely loses his balance and falls on his back. Canadiens goalie Carey Price calmly skates out of the net to touch the puck with his stick, and the game is over.
Why was he going so fast? It was a speed he clearly couldn’t maintain with a puck, and the rest is blooper history.
On the bright side, at least he made Sportscenter!