The Boston Bruins' power play needed a bit of help heading into their game against the Montreal Canadiens. That help came from an unlikely source as Tomas Plekanec of the Canadiens won a defensive zone faceoff directly into his own net during a Habs penalty kill.
The odd (and funny) play occurred with just under six minutes left to play in the first period. The Bruins had already gone 0-for-1 on the power play. This has been a trend for the defending Stanley Cup champions since before they were Stanley Cup champions.
Canadiens netminder Carey Price clearly mishandled the puck as it careened into the back of the net. The Bruins celebrated and laughed as they skated off the ice, happy to have "scored" their fifth power-play goal of the season—even if the source was an unexpected one.
The play was just another reason for Montreal fans to sigh with dismay, as the first period ended with Boston leading 1-0. The Canadians wouldn't allow another goal for the rest of the game, however, winning against their bitter rivals by scoring goals in the second and third period.
Perhaps Montreal is onto something with the whole "self-goal" idea. They had struggled for wins so far this season, but the play seemed to fire them up for the rest of the night. Their victory against the Bruins gives them two straight victories.