Good things happen when you shoot the puck. In Dougie Hamilton’s case, a simple dump-in from center ice resulted in one of the easiest goals he’ll ever score.
In the second period in Wednesday’s bout between the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins, the odd occurrence happened. Hamilton carried the puck through the neutral zone and quickly fired a shot from center ice. Against all odds, the puck beat Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin.
To be fair to Boston’s backup netminder, Torey Krug screened his view.
Kudos to Hamilton for being so aware to successfully needle the puck through the Bruins defense and beat an unsuspecting netminder. It’s not pretty, but a goal is a goal.
It’s the kind of luck Calgary has been having lately.
After sputtering for most of the season, the Flames have kicked into high gear to finish 2016-17. Now, sitting second in the Pacific Division thanks to a 10-game winning streak, the club has solidified themselves as contenders. It’s quite the impressive feat given their struggles earlier in the season.
Hamilton might not score another goal like this again. But, scoring from center ice against your former team has to feel good. However, I feel for Khudobin. Often goalies make the lowlight reels for this kind of stuff – *cough* Vesa Toskala *cough* – and in his case, the onus wasn’t on him. It’s hard to stop what you can’t see.