Carey Price will want that one back.
The Montreal Canadiens goaltender — arguably one of the best netminders of his generation — committed a blunder in Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets that led directly to a goal against. With the game tied 2-2 in the third period, Columbus’ Emil Bemstrom found himself 1-on-1 against Price after a turnover at the Montreal blue line. Bemstrom tried to get off a quick backhand shot, but the puck went well wide and banked off the boards behind Price’s net.
This is where it gets weird.
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The puck caromed high into the air as Price turned around, causing the Canadiens goalie to lose sight of it. Price seemed to frantically search as the puck descended back toward the ice before it banked off his blocker and into the Montreal net.
A pair of Canadiens players flanked Price as the horn sounded, with the bemused netminder helpless to do anything but look up at the big screen at Nationwide Arena to see the replay.
Bemstrom was credited with the go-ahead marker because there are technically no own goals in hockey, but it was definitely an own goal.
To make matters worse, the goal turned the tide in Columbus’ favor after back-and-forth scoring throughout the first two periods, with the Blue Jackets netting twice more to secure a 5-2 victory.