Lightning Almost Choke Away a Win With This Embarrassing Own Goal (Video)

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Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the  Blackhawks 6-5 in overtime—in Chicago—moving to a very solid 6-3-0 on the year.

For a team that missed the playoffs last year, you would think this makes them very happy. And ultimately it probably does. However, I’m sure Lightning brass would have preferred that the game didn’t go to overtime as the result of a humiliating own goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

Yes, the Lightning had just taken the lead with two and half minutes to play on a powerplay goal by Steven Stamkos, which was his second tally of the night. All they had to do was withstand what would surely be a major push by the Hawks with time running out, and they’d come out of the Windy City with a rare regulation win.

Then defenseman Matt Carle got the puck in the neutral zone and decided to throw it back to defensive partner Radko Gudas in his own zone to kill some time. However, Gudas misplayed the pass, and it deflected off the heel of his stick and past an unsuspecting Ben Bishop in net. 

Lightning 5, Blackhawks 5.

Take a look:

If  Martin St. Louis hadn’t won the game in overtime, this game might have come back to haunt the Lightning later in the season. As it is, maybe it’ll just serve as a very valuable (and extremely embarrassing) lesson.

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