Ok, maybe “most bizarre goal ever” is an impossible statement to prove, but I can’t remember such an important goal being so crazy. Ok, I remember Patrick Kane’s Stanley Cup Finals winning goal from last year, but that was nothing compared to the sequence of events that saw the Canucks defeat the Sharks in the WCF last night. This Canucks goal by Kevin Bieksa is just downright strange. Alex Edler tried a regular dump in behind the net around the glass. Instead, the puck careened back towards the middle of the blue line and right to Bieksa. With Sharks goalie Antti Niemi expecting the puck to come around to the other side of the ice, Bieksa sent an unsuspecting knuckling puck towards the net with everyone on the ice as oblivious as Mr. Magoo. How’s that for a relevant cultural reference?
I’m sure that’s just the way Vancouver drew it up. It’s always amusing to hear announcers try and talk through a situation where they have absolutely no idea what happened. I didn’t see it live, but it seems like the VS announcers Dave Strader and Brian Engblom handled it fairly well. Vancouver will now face the winner of Boston/Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Finals. Something tells me Gary Bettman isn’t exactly rooting for Canucks/Lightning to give the NHL a ratings boost.