Jakub Vrana scored the game-winning goal against the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night.
It was one of the strangest goals of the season. Czech this out.
Vrana’s tally came 12:13 into the third period and put the Capitals up 3-1.
After Evgeny Kuznetsov put a shot on net, Vrana collected the loose change. And that’s when everything got weird.
As V tried to skate around the net, Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton converged on him and swiped at the puck. Vrana then attempts to lob the puck over the net and into the slot.
Instead, the puck, flipping end over end, hits the top of the net, hops over Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick, strikes Jacob Markstrom in the back… and — you guessed it — goes in!
You need to see this at every angle.
What is even happening here.
Initially, referees waived off the goal because they thought it was hit by Evgeny Kuznetsov with a high stick. Seconds later, the officials overruled themselves and signaled it was a good goal. Then Toronto called.
Via to the NHL:
At 12:13 of the third period in the Canucks/Capitals game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine if Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov deflected the puck into the Vancouver net with a high stick. Video review supported the Referee’s call on the ice that Kuznetsov’s stick did not make contact with the puck before it entered the Vancouver net. Good goal Washington.
Okay, got it?
Because Elias Pettersson scored with eight seconds remaining in the game, Vrana’s flukey tally would end up being the game winner.
And that’s how the Capitals won Jay Beagle’s homecoming game.
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