Had it happened on the other end of the ice, it would’ve been beautiful.
The reality, however, is that rookie Mark Borowiecki owes Craig Anderson an apology and potentially several hundred pushups after stuffing a backhand own goal past his keeper.
The disastrous goal occurred during Sunday’s matchup between the Ottawa Senators and the Dallas Stars. The blunder was spotted by NESN (via FoxSports.com), and the sportscasters calling the game had no shortage of adjectives for describing the laziness and the ineptitude that led to this own goal.
Stars left winger Antoine Roussel managed to slip the puck past Anderson’s stick and into the crease, where Borowiecki finished it off by going five-hole and clearing the puck into the net with a “pretty” backhanded shot.
While Borowiecki deserves the bulk of the blame for the goof-up, Stars color analyst Daryl Reaugh mentioned this “nothing play” could’ve been avoided had the keeper shown more initiative.
“Should’ve probably been cut off by the net-minder, Anderson,” Reaugh commented on-air. “It goes right underneath his stick. A lazy play by [Anderson]. A dreadful, cadaverous play by [Borowiecki].”
It was a trough-like moment for the young defender, who was making his NHL debut for the team and had played admirably until the own goal.
Borowiecki’s blunder and the resulting goal broke a 2-2 tie at the beginning of the third period and put Dallas in the lead. The Senators battled back to tie the game but eventually lost 4-3 in a shootout.
The own goal was just one of the many, many pucks that have been flying at and/or into the Senators net. Last Friday, the team gave up a franchise record of 57 shots and have lost their last four games.
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