I've seen a number of writers do a series for their ranking stories. This has motivated me to do a series for the top 10 moments of the past NHL season. All of these moments impressed me one way or another.
Goals, pretty plays, hard hits, fights and screw-ups, you'll see it all on this list. Lets get started, shall we?
October 15, 2007: McCabe scores—on himself.
What better way to start the list than with a Bryan McCabe mess-up? This was a great game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres had come back from being down 2-0, then two one-goal deficits to stay with the Leafs.
The Leafs were outplayed for the majority of the game, but stayed in it thanks to the goaltending of Andrew Raycroft (how often can you say that?). In overtime, Buffalo had a power play, and with time running out Ales Kotalik took a slapshot from the point. Raycroft made the save, only to have McCabe sweep the rebound into the net.
It was a beautiful shot too, off the post and in. Paul Gaustad was credited with the goal, as he got a touch on Kotalik's original shot.
This should have been a game that Toronto was destined to win. How often does Chad Kilger score two goals? When does John Pohl put up three assists?
But it all went to waste, and Buffalo got the victory. Sadly for Raycroft, one of his few great performances was ruined by a teammate.
Only in Toronto.