In hockey there are very few set plays on the offensive side of the puck, particularly at even strength. The game is too fluid and fast to communicate with your teammates without the help of headsets, so the best you can do is try to create chaos in the hopes of disrupting things for the team on the other side of the puck, where there is actually a plan that requires people to work together within in a system. As you can see above, when things break down desperation takes over, and everyone collectively drops their bowling balls on the panic button. In that instance, the Lightning would score amidst the chaos with four seconds left to take the game to overtime, where they would eventually win in a shootout. You need everyone doing their job, or that sorta thing happens.
With the year winding down, I thought it’d be fun to add to the mass of year-end lists by sifting through my 2013 Systems Analyst posts and taking some suggestions on Twitter, then dialling in the 10 gaffe’s that most made hockey fans wince. Hopefully it makes us all feel a little better about our own hockey playing abilities as we enter the depths of true hockey season this winter.
Before we get to the top 10…a few other plays of note.
Didn’t make it because: Not so much a “breakdown” as a hilarious half-ass effort
The play below became an internet sensation when someone – and I say someone, because I can’t for the life of me find the original source (feel free to put that in the comments if you know) – added the perfect graphics to Alex Ovechkin’s “backcheck” on this Rangers goal. What the…what the hell happened here, exactly, Alex?
Aw, such a crappy time for someone’s little brother to rip the controller out of the consol. Underrated part of this goal: it’s an awesome play by the Rangers. Like, really awesome.
Matt Duchene miiight have been offside