There is nothing worse for the morale and momentum of a hockey team than giving up a bad goal. By definition a bad goal would be a play that a goaltender would normally make on a puck.
The incredible talent and coordination that NHL goalies posses means that they are accustomed to galvanized rubber being projected at their body parts at speeds upwards of 100 mph. A fluky bounce or a momentary lapse in concentration can swing the tide of momentum, kill or ignite a crowd and completely deflate or inspire a team.
Even the best goaltenders in the world have moments where they look mortal. The torque and speed of the rubber puck combined with the unpredictable frozen surface have clowned the best backstops in the world. Conversely, some of the most routine shots in the world count every bit the same as the end-to-end rush that dangles through five opponents.
The not-so-subtle difference between the two is that one goal could be the play of the day in the NHL and the other could be a game-changing, series-changing blooper that defines your career. Here are some of the most insane long-distance shots in NHL history. Enjoy now!