DENVER | It didn’t even look like Cody McLeod was trying to shoot to score. The Colorado Avalanche tough guy who hadn’t scored a goal since March 17 skated over the Washington Capitals’ blue line with John Carlson on him and fluttered the puck high into the air.
Everything at that point was delayed – Michal Neuvirth’s reaction and then the celebration by fans inside Pepsi Center. The puck floated over Neuvirth, who never went into a butterfly. It seemed most in the arena were surprised it was actually in.
Neuvirth called it a “horrible” goal.
“It was in the air and I lost it in the crowd. It was terrible goal,” he added. “It’s hockey and goals like that happen all the time, and I’ve just got to take something good from it and be ready next game.”
Coach Dale Hunter admitted it wasn’t a good goal for Neuvirth to give up.
“It was pretty obvious – I think – he’d want it back,” Hunter said.
From defenseman Karl Alzner’s vantage point, it appeared as if McLeod and Carlson’s sticks smacked together, allowing the puck to take a strange arc to the net.
“It’s kind of hard to tell what the puck’s going to do. For us it was easy to see. Sometimes it’s hard to see as a goalie,” Alzner said. “It’s just one of those where he couldn’t see it, it took a weird bounce and it sailed in.”