Update: On April 7 the following video emerged from Sunday’s game:
Sitting in lottery position and playing spoiler by slamming the first nail in the coffin of a rival’s playoff hopes is hardly ‘highlight of the season’ material, but after the Toronto Maple Leafs wrestled away the Ottawa Senators’ control of their own post-season fate with a 3-2 shootout win Sunday…here we are.
Or is that really the case?
Senators fans kicked up some dirt through social media channels following an overtime shot by Marc Methot that many were led to believe went past Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier and through the net.
Obviously, an overtime win and the extra point in the standings would be huge for the Senators.
Alas, it seems to be a case of wishful thinking on the part of Senators fans clinging to the last threads of a shot at the playoffs. The puck appears to skip by Bernier and go wide of the net.
Here’s another angle of the shot.
Pucks have found a way through the net in the past, though.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Brett Clark rifled a puck through the webbing in a 2010 game versus the Philadelphia Flyers, and Canadian Shea Weber once famously blasted a biscuit through the net at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Methot’s rolling puck clapper was hardly a Weber howitzer.
The Senators’ run down the stretch in front of Andrew Hammond’s goaltending has been one of the season’s greatest stories, but they’re in tough to make the post-season now. The Senators will need some help from the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, and Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Senators host the Penguins on Tuesday.