As far as own goals go, this one by Anaheim’s Josh Manson might be one of the most cringeworthy ones you will see.
Late in the first period of their game in Vegas, the Golden Knights took the lead on a chaotic play around the net.
It seemed that all of the Ducks were waiting for a whistle, thinking that the puck had been covered by goalie John Gibson.
It was not covered. Because the referee never lost sight of the puck, play continued. It was at that point that Manson just casually tapped the puck across the goal line.
Weird goal but ok 🚨 pic.twitter.com/uZVaQlfl0O
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 31, 2019
Did he think the play was over? Was he trying to slide it under Gibson to get a stoppage? Did he just temporarily lose track of what was going on? Who knows! Either way, that is a tough one to give up if you are the Ducks.
Alex Tuch ended up getting credit for the goal for the Golden Knights. It is his sixth goal of the season.