VIDEO: Carl Hagelin's great effort leads to wacky opening goal

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A lot happened on the opening goal of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, a lot of it involving New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin.

After blocking a P.K. Subban shot, Hagelin was off to the races on a two-on-one with Martin St. Louis against Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges and goalie Dustin Tokarski.

Gorges tried to take away the pass by sliding, but Hagelin showed the patience to wait until Gorges slid right into his own goaltender and dished the puck to St. Louis. That’s when Gorges made a spectacular redemptive play by making a glove save, yes, a glove save on St. Louis’ shot.

The puck hopped straight up into the air and Hagelin followed it. Out of mid-air the speedy Swedish forward knocked the puck into the net to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in an emotional first period in Game 3.

Gorges made a disastrous play and a spectacular play all at once, but either way, the puck ended up in the net. So you have to give him credit for the glove save, but not without criticizing him for knocking his own goalie over with a too-early and uncontrolled slide.

That was one of the weirder goals we’ve seen this postseason. 

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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