During a dreadful season that gets more dreadful by the day, the 28th-ranked Dallas Stars may have finally hit rock bottom.
With 2:05 left in the first period, Stars forward Jiri Hudler attempted a drop pass on a delayed penalty. Except the puck slipped past defensemen Dan Hamhuis and John Klingberg and into the Dallas Stars’ empty net.
The Senators’ Chris Kelly, the man closest to the puck, was credited with the gift goal.
With a tripping call coming up on Ottawa forward Zack Smith, the Stars took approximately 15 seconds to start their breakout behind the net. Dan Hamuis passed to Patrick Sharp who then hit Hudler streaking up the ice. As Hudler was double teamed by a Senators player in the neutral zone, he tossed a no-look backhanded pass to no one.
And this was the result.
Yes, I need more replays. I need all the replays.
“I saw [Cody Eakin] on the left side, and I didn’t want to give it away, try to keep it alive and give ourselves a chance to create, take your time, try to wear them out,” Hudler said to NHL.com after the game. “We have an extra man on the ice. I was confident. I don’t know if guys were changing. I didn’t think it was going in at first, the feeling on my angle and I was on my backhand. I turned around and right away I knew. In a game like this, it’s a mistake, but it’s not like I wanted to put it in my own net. It’s unfortunate.”
The Senators Twitter reveled in the unfortunateness of the situation by tweeting a skull with a GIF, meaning they were dead.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) February 10, 2017
There were other reactions on Twitter that were also fantastic.
Preview of the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline: pic.twitter.com/MRY3jU1IvS
— Holly (@holly_holl) February 10, 2017
DALLAS STARS HOCKEY pic.twitter.com/toRG9awqsO
— Shanny (@Shannysland) February 10, 2017
But the best reaction of all was Hudler’s.
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