#atozchallenge/’E’ is for Empty Net

This is the double edged sword.  It’s great when you are leading and you don’t have to get a extra guy on the ice and empty your net, not so much when you are the team that is losing with very little time left.  It is very cool though when your team gets a goal from the empty net.  Those players are very precise.  They can shoot that puck the length of the rink and put it in the back of the net.  Fun and exciting as long as it’s your win, aggravating as all get out if it’s not.  But I’ve been on both sides and it’s just how the game is played.fbfe8-e

Empty net goal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An empty net goal, or colloquially an empty netter (abbreviated as EN or ENG), occurs in ice hockey when a team scores a goal into a net with no goaltender (goalie) present. The Dallas Stars currently hold the NHL record for most empty net goals in a season.

Empty net goals usually occur in one of two different occasions:

  1. Usually in about the last two minutes of a game, if a team is within two goals, they will often pull the goalie, leaving the net defenseless, for an extra attacker, in order to have a better chance of scoring to either tie or get within one goal. If the team with the lead gets control of the puck they will often shoot at the net after clearing center ice. It is less common for a team to shoot from their own zone at an empty net because icing could occur if the shooter misses the net. Sometimes a team will pull their goalie when they are on a two-man advantage, even if not nearing the end of the game. With the team then gaining an advantage of six skaters to three, this will increase even further the chances of the team scoring.
  2. In the case of a delayed penalty, the non-offending team will often pull their goaltender for an extra attacker in this situation as well. Empty net goals that are scored in this case are accidental own goals because the whistle would be blown if the offending team touches the puck. An own goal is usually scored when a forward from the non-offending team passes backwards to a defenseman that is not in position, and the puck slides all the way down the ice into the team’s own net, or when players of the non-offending team are being pressured in their own zone and they accidentally knock it into the net. This goal is credited to the last player on the scoring team who touched the puck.

Here you can enjoy the video of one of the sharpest shooters in the NHL, Patrick Kane !!!  He makes it look real easy, doesn’t he.  I love how they still get so excited when they make a goal.  

6 Comments on “#atozchallenge/’E’ is for Empty Net

    • It is and also very exciting when it’s not your empty net and you win!!! Go Hawks, they’re on tonight …

  1. A goal, a try, a run, a point…yes, the celebrations by the players and the fans are great. I go right off when my team scores. As far as the tactics go which result in an undefended goal, well that’s pretty risky, but desperate times right? After all it’s not not just sport, it’s life and death.

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