Here’s a thought: considering an 82-game regular season and about a two-month-long postseason, it’s almost a little surprising that we don’t see more center-ice goals.
Such a goal can happen in so many ways. A puck can take an odd bounce. A goalie might take his eye off the puck for a second while deciding what to do next, much like an NFL receiver who drops an easy pass while dreaming of those sweet, sweet, yards up ahead.
If you prefer a GIF form, this one nails the spirit of the thing:
(Agreed, little emoticon monkey. Agreed.)
Ouch. Hey, we’ve all been there (vaguely speaking).