Thursday, January 04, 2007

Patrik Stefan: The anti-Ovechkin


I just burst out laughing in my living room.

With 10 seconds remaining in the game and his team leading 5-4, Dallas Stars forward Patrik Stefan bobbled the puck as he approached an empty net alone, fell over and failed to score. The Oilers' Jarret Stoll then lobbed the puck to the other end of the rink where Ales Hemsky scored with two seconds remaining.

"That's the most embarrassing thing I've seen on the National Hockey League ice," colour commentator Ray Ferraro said afterwards.


If you haven't seen it, get your hands on a highlight reel because Stefan's goof is going to be remembered as one of the worst all-time gaffs in hockey history.

UPDATE I can't for the life of me find a picture of this event taking place, but it occurred to me: What photographer would take the shot of Patrik Stefan scoring an empty-net goal?

All I know is that the video evidence will hit the web by sometime tomorrow morning.

UPDATE A few short hours after it happened, YouTube has it for your viewing pleasure.

UPDATE HockeyNutz has a list of a few other notable hockey blunders. (Help him out by mentioning the Dan Cloutier incident a few times in the comments section.)

UPDATE A description from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News:
...the play that might garner NHL infamy was Stefan's miss. After playing one of his best games in a Stars uniform, Stefan was walking in for what would have been his second goal. But just a few feet from the goal, the puck bounced away and he fell.

Edmonton then moved quickly, and Hemsky took a pass while flying down the slot. He went backhand on Turco and got the Oilers a point in the standings.

"At least we turned a disaster into a debacle," (Oilers coach Craig) MacTavish said.



At 11:59 p.m., January 04, 2007, Blogger Reagen Sulewski said...

It's entirely possible that clip never leaves my TiVo.

At 1:13 a.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

I'm glad that the absurdity of this and toronto's win overshadows Detroit's pathetic 9-4 loss tonight. What a bizarre night of hockey.

At 1:45 a.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger Graham said...

At 2:13 a.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that thinks Ferraro overreacted just a little bit? Embarassing, sure. But it's not like Stefan was gloating as he scored an empty net goal like Kovalchuk did at whatever WJC it was.

I think he's just venting frustration at a former teammate from his Atlanta days who was taken first overall and wasn't exactly an offensive dynamo.

At 2:48 a.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it's Ferraro's fault that Stefan sucks. I knew it couldn't have been because he was the most over-rated piece of Euro trash to be taken first overall - ahead of the Sedin Sisters Magical Cycling Act, I might add.

At 2:53 a.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger mike w said...

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At 2:53 a.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger mike w said...

Maybe Ray Ferraro knows something about Patrick Stefan that we don't: he played with the guy when they were both in Atlanta.

At 6:30 a.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger alyosha mcbain said...

Henrik Lundqvist had a pretty good gaffe last night too...with the Rangers up 3-1 on the Flyers with about 30 seconds left, he attempted to clear the puck from the right post by passing it right up the slot. The puck hit Mike York in the chest, standing roughly 5 feet from the vacated Ranger goal, and York gladly flicked it in from there.

Totally silly goal allowed by the King....

At 7:43 a.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toth could barely contain himself on Sportsnet. I thought the highlight was just Stefan's bad luck and his spill into the boards. When Stoll spun it up ice I saw slack jawed because I knew it was going to be a goal. Unbelievable.

Almost as unbelievable as Ferraro's ripping of Stefan. You don't hear that too often.

Detroit lost 9-4? I fell asleep at 4-3...geez...what a night to not have Centre Ice.

At 10:27 a.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Not only did Stefan fumble the puck to miss the empty net but he then passed it right out to the Oilers when he could have killed the clock had he just pushed the puck to the boards he was in the process of crashing into. Double idiotic move there.

At 10:48 a.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger girlysportsrant said...

Just a strange night.
Stefan, Toronto, San Jose

Montreal gets a goal dissallowed because Koivu's STICK was in the crease.

And Calgary came back from 2 down with 4 minutes left without Iginla and then won it in overtime.
Flames never comeback!

At 11:07 a.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Koivu tripped Kolzig.

I thought the same thing as David. Why was Stefan trying to pass the puck in front of the net? Why not just slide into the boards and laugh at yourself. That would have won the game!

At 12:28 p.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous Nick said...

I don't think Stefan was trying to pass it to anyone after he fell. It looks to me like he was still trying to score. Regardless, he should have just pushed it to the boards.

At 12:38 p.m., January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's something I never expected to see in the NHL.

Missing the empty net as it is fired away from the blue line or center ice, but point blank?


At 12:46 p.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger selfish crab said...

In postgame interview, Stefan cited bad ice. I suppose that would explain why he chose to carry the puck all the way, why it skipped over his stick, and why he fell.

At 12:57 p.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I don't blame Stefan. The ice was brutal (which is a story in and of itself) , and the puck jumped on him. It could have happened to anyone, including Ferraro.

Still funny as hell, though I'm not laughing. We blew a three-goal lead, and choked again.

At 1:08 p.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger girlysportsrant said...

Doesnt Edmonton have the best ice in the league? and it's January!

I fear for the ice in June!

At 3:52 p.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger mike w said...

>Doesnt Edmonton have the best ice in the league?

That hasn't been true for years, since their ice man left to work for the NHL.

At 8:54 p.m., January 05, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Ferraro was being kind of an ass. The puck bounced, and it was a bad play, but the more I watch it the more disgusted I am with "You should be ashamed!"

At 12:20 a.m., January 07, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

I can't understand why Ferraro reacted that strongly. Did he think Stefan just shot wide? You can see that the puck skipped on a chip of ice or a divot, which could have happened to anybody. The only criticism you could honestly level at Stefan -- on that play alone -- is carrying it too long, instead of just shooting once he was in gimme range.

All that said, perhaps Ferraro knows something about Stefan that we don't, or something happened earlier in the game/year that we aren't aware of on that clip. If not, then that's just kicking a guy when he's down.

At 11:13 p.m., July 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrik Stefan stuffed it up - big woop get over it - he's one of the best players who ever played the sport and 1 major stuff up doesn't change that - he's retired now due 2 his stuffed up hip - if you losers actually look at the video you might notice that it may of had 2 do with that!! - get a life and quit commenting on a sport you no nothing about!! - Patrik is the best hockey player in history and it should stay that way!!

At 11:42 p.m., May 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stefan is "one of the best hockey players"? Oh brother dude, you obviously know nothing of the sport. He's the biggest BLUNDER to grace the NHL sport; and that's not my opinion, the entire hockey world (including people a heck of a lot smarter than you) agree on this.


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