Ryan O’Reilly gets an accidental assist from the ref (video)

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Through two periods in Buffalo on Monday night the Sabres have doubled up the Toronto Maple Leafs on the scoreboard.

Just two minutes after Zemgus Girgensons scored to reclaim the lead for the Sabres, Ryan O'Reilly scored his 19th of the season.

Technically it goes in the books as an unassisted goal but that is only because the referee can not get credit for the helper.

Take a look at the flukey play in the video above.

It all started behind the Toronto net when defenseman Ron Hainsey tried to send the puck around the boards only to have it hit the referee, bounce into the slot, and find a wide open O’Reilly for him to rip a shot past Frederik Andersen for the goal.

Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time.


Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.