This is one of the flukiest game-winning goals in NHL history.
The Buffalo Sabres beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5 on Monday thanks to a fluky goal with 10.6 seconds left. Buffalo was down 4-0 in the game and came back to tie it with two minutes left.
The Sabres received a power play in the final minute. They took the lead off the flukiest of bounces. Forward Tage Thompson unleashed a one-timer shot from the point that broke his stick into two pieces.
Despite the shot breaking Thompson’s stick, the puck still found its way to the end boards. The puck bounced off the boards, off the skate of Chicago goalie Kevin Lankinen and into the net.
NBC Chicago cameras captured an epic slo-mo shot of goalie Lankinen breaking his stick in frustration after the goal while the Sabres’ players skated away celebrating.
Sabres win 6-5 over Blackhawks after this wild goal with 10.6 seconds left pic.twitter.com/tbn1JYZMeB
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 29, 2022
With the victory, the Sabres improve to 8-3-2 in their last 13 games. When things are going well, you tend to get the lucky bounces.
We can’t say we’ve seen a game-winning goal quite like that one. Even though Buffalo won’t be participating in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, they can at least say they were responsible for one of the funnier moments of the NHL season.
This wasn’t a pretty goal for Thompson, but he’ll take it every day. The 24-year-old has been one of the bright spots in another tough year for Buffalo. Thompson now has 27 goals on the season thanks to this bizzare bounce.