UNIONDALE, N.Y. | The Washington Capitals have been on the bad end of some flukey goals this season. Not just pucks going in off defensemen, that’s normal enough. But odd bounces and caroms and shots from the neutral zone.
The strangest may have come Tuesday night at the New York Islanders when the puck went off the glass, off a turned-around Michal Neuvirth’s stomach and into the net.
“It was one of those flukey shots off the back. It’s like, what do you do? I call them hockey plays,” coach Dale Hunter said. “You can’t control it.”
Hunter said he didn’t really consider pulling Neuvirth after giving up two goals in the first. The second clearly went in off John Carlson’s shin pad.
“It is what it is sometimes,” Neuvirth said. “It’s hockey and these things happen sometimes.”
And even though he allowed a total of four goals credit Neuvirth for some big saves, including highway robbery of Josh Bailey in overtime to give the Caps the chance to win it in the shootout.
“The bounces wasn’t going my way early in the game,” Neuvirth said. “I battle. I battle every minute; I battle for every save, and it paid off.”
Here’s video of the fluke goal:
Here’s video of the save on Bailey: