They've crushed teams, won Game 7s and even clinched the Stanley Cup.
No, not the Broad Street Bullies. We're talking about the dreaded own-goal.
By all accounts the 2010-11 NHL season already has seen four own-goals, and there's plenty of time left in the season to add to this list of soul-crushing moments. The following 10 faux pas are ranked according to a variety of factors including, but not limited to:
- Speed of the pass (or shot).
- How much the goal hurt the respective team (for some odd reason, the ones in April and June seem to hurt the most).
Please vote on your favourite own-goal of all time and be sure to add ones we may have missed by letting us know in the comment section.
Looking to play the puck back to Cam Ward on a delayed penalty against the Washington Capitals in 2006 …oops. "He gone."
O'Brien scores on his own net during a delayed penalty to the Phoenix Coyotes and in the process of trying to stop it, the defenceman also scored himself.
8. Calgary's Cory Sarich (2010)
The icing on the cake after the Flames squandered a 2-0 lead, Sarich's wrister past his goalie Miikka Kiprusoff signaled the rout was on, making it 5-2. The Capitals added a pair before the end of the game for a 7-2 pummeling.
Perry's centring pass keeps going …and going …and going … into the Anaheim net.
Backstrom scores an own-goal in the last minute of the game to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 lead over the Washington Capitals on March 9, 2008. The Pens would add another for a 4-2 win.
Halak successfully stops a Drew Miller shot. But his attempt to paddle it away is much, much less fruitful.
McCabe scores the overtime winner! For the Buffalo Sabres!
3. San Jose's Dan Boyle (2010)
During Game 3 of their Western Conference quarter-final, the Sharks defenceman and his team hadn't solved Colorado's Craig Anderson despite putting 51 shots on him. However, Boyle slipped this one by Evgeni Nabokov in overtime with relative ease.
Trailing 2-1 in the game and 3-1 in the final series to the Ducks, Phillips gets the puck lost in the skates of goalie Ray Emery, who had come out to play the puck but ended up putting it in for the eventual Stanley Cup-clinching goal.
1. Edmonton's Steve Smith (1986)
An own goal ... that will live ... in infamy.