Last night, the Phoenix Coyotes were skating in overtime against the Buffalo Sabres in the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The score was 1-1, with approximately 1:30 left to go before the shootout. Sabres’ defenseman Mark Pysyk was taking the puck up the right side and fired it on Phoenix netminder Mike Smith, and confusion ensued. Take a look on the video, because you probably haven’t seen this before, nor will see this again:
In case you may not have noticed, the puck tucks itself away in Smith’s pants as he glides backwards into the net. Some of the Sabres and their fans started cheering when Pysyk started pointing at the goal. No one quite knew for sure what had just happened. Mike Smith seemed quite confused as well.
What do we make of this? Well, the Sabres have needed breaks like this to win games this season, and this is another fine example of the hockey gods showing mercy on the poor citizens of Buffalo. Either that or a nice holiday gift for Mark Pysyk, who was credited with his first goal of the season, and his second of his career.
I doubt he’ll be asking for the puck, however, because he knows where that thing has been.
Mike Smith had this to say, via Joe Yerdon of NHL.com
“It’s an honest game and if you don’t play how you’re supposed to play… you get it jammed right up your butt.”
Seems, well, fitting, for lack of a better term.