VIDEO: Johnny Oduya sweeps puck off line then knocks it into own net
Tough break for Johnny Oduya who made a great defensive play only to knock the puck into his own net. But the Wild were owed a little puck luck.
The Minnesota Wild needed some sort of luck after dominating the second period as they did by outshooting the Chicago Blackhawks 17-3. Heading into the third, however, the Wild were down 2-0 to the home team in Game 1 of their second round series. That was until an early third-period goal thanks to a little puck luck.
It actually looked like the Wild were about to see their bad luck extended as Clayton Stoner’s shot trickled towards the goal line behind Hawks goalie Corey Crawford. Defenseman Johnny Oduya was there to clear the puck off the line, though.
Only problem was Oduya knocked it right back at Crawford. The puck deflected back towards Oduya, who had Jason Pominville right on him. Oduya lost his footing while tangled with Pominville, the puck then knocked off his skate and into the net to cut the Wild’s deficit in half.
The play had to be reviewed as it appeared Crawford had the puck covered, but that was only after it had already fully crossed the line. The referees called it a good goal, as they should have, and the Wild had to feel the hockey gods were finally with them for once in this game.
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