Wayne Simmonds Video: Watch Flyers Forward Score a Goal with His Face

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories

No doubt taking a puck off of the face is not ideal, but I have never known of a hockey player that wouldn't do it in a second if it led to a goal. 

Actually, this ended up being a big play in the game by Wayne Simmonds. The Senators completely dominated the early portion of the contest, jumping out to a 3-0 lead against a struggling Flyers offense. In a way, the goal was the turning point in the game, as the Flyers dominated from that point on, winning 4-3 in a shootout. 

There is also one more positive thing to note from this play: As you can see from this interview, Simmonds is okay. Yes, he took some cosmetic damage, but he actually returned to the game. So the injury, presumably, isn't that bad.

From a strategic standpoint, you're actually not going to find many prettier goals in the NHL. Yes, there are some goals that get in with a beautiful shot, pass or impressive deke, but those are the overwhelming minority. No, in hockey you score a goal by getting to the net, in front of the goalie, and hoping for a good bounce or quality obstruction. 

That is precisely what Simmonds did. So, from one end, this is far from a picturesque goal, especially when you see Simmonds' bloody face afterwards. But from a hockey perspective, it's beautiful, and he could not have done a better job.

Simmonds scored a goal, got his team going in the right direction, and received a nasty little cut in the process. Overall, he did his team, and the whole sport of hockey, quite proud.

Follow Philadelphia Flyers from B/R on Facebook

Follow Philadelphia Flyers from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Philadelphia Flyers

Subscribe Now

By signing up for our newsletter, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Thanks for signing up.