Own goals are sometimes just a case of miserable luck. Other times, it's a case of bad luck combined with a bad idea. This is an example of the latter from the early minutes of the second period in Saturday's matinee game between Boston and Washington.
Just seconds after David Krejci hopped out of the penalty box for the Bruins, the Capitals were trying to create a scoring chance in front. Marcus Johansson threw the puck toward the slot, where Krejci was to incercept it. Good so far. He then tried to clear the puck out of the zone. Again, all sounds good.
But instead of throwing the puck toward the near boards and out, he tried to go across the slot to the far boards in No Man's Land. That's where he found the problem in the form of Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk and his skate.
The pass ricocheted right off Boychuk's blade and did a straight beeline for the far post. Frankly, Boychuk's skate couldn't have placed a better shot if it tried. Anton Khudobin stood no chance.
The goal technically went to Washington's Johansson since he was the last Cap to touch the puck.
Good news for Krejci and the Bruins, though. He also scored one on the Capitals' net with a first-period score. Still, let this be a reminder, there are better places to go with the puck in your own zone then across the top of the crease. Only bad things can happen there.