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The Hamhuis Goal: Fluke tally sinks Canucks against Canadiens
Can't we just laugh about it?
Sure, that Dan Hamhuis/Jason Garrison/Roberto Luongo own goal on Saturday was hard to watch (and you can watch it above), but it comes with the territory. It comes with the game. No team wants to do it, and no fan hopes to see their boys on a national blooper reel, but it happens. Normally, it happens to the best – the most reliable. They're the ones who, when they have the puck, are so perfect most of the time, they allow their teammates to relax and take a few seconds off.
The most talented are almost always the most combustible.
Look at Luongo, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas, or Martin Brodeur... there's nothing boring about their goaltending. They're athletic and flexible. They treat their net like hummingbirds treat their trees. They hover and flop around, making save after save in dramatic fashion, because that's their style. It's accident-prone and downright silly, but it's the way it is and the way they have to play.
On Saturday, Dan Hamhuis screwed up, but a series of very misfortunate events carried that puck – as if by magnetic force – into Vancouver's net. Jason Garrison's late second stride was one. Roberto Luongo's attention spent down ice was another. Hamhuis's calm demeanour didn't help when a little urgency could have saved the game.
A complete fluke. Hilarious in its second viewing. Dumb-founding, really.
But there's no need to over analyze it. There's no need to freak out. It was out of anyone's control, manmade as it was.
The only thing you can do is laugh.
We'd do the same to these guys... actually, we already did: