As if the Washington Capitals’ Saturday night tilt against the Minnesota Wild could not get more action-packed, a bizarre and rare own goal sequence was perhaps the cherry on top with just under six minutes left in the second period.
Caps 2, Hagelin 1 after two periods.
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) January 9, 2022
With the Capitals holding a 2-0 lead over the Wild and largely carrying the pace of play, a delayed penalty on the Wild saw Capitals’ goaltender Zach Fucale head to the bench for an extra skater. In the offensive zone, a misplaced pass by Carl Hagelin found its way all the way down the rink into the net.
The rare own-goal on a delayed penalty call 😬 pic.twitter.com/HD57n4h2M3
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 9, 2022
The goal was credited to Minnesota’s Marcus Foligno, which gave him 100 in his NHL career; in another head-spinner, Foligno reached the milestone without being credited for a shot on net.
Wild had four shots on net in the second period, and this wasn’t one of them. Foligno records his 100th career goal without getting credit for a SOG. #CapsWild pic.twitter.com/aWQyPXRjhE
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) January 9, 2022
The Capitals would eventually fall to the Wild in a shootout, 4-3.
Unreal. This is such a Capitals thing.