One of the tougher things a hockey player might be asked to do is to stand in front of the opposing goalie to block his vision. Few guys have the intestinal fortitude to take the random slashes to the backs of their legs meanwhile trying to deflect 90+ miles per hour slap shots headed in their direction.
In Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals Mathieu Perreault was crashing the net hoping to get a piece of a shot from teammate Jason Chimera. He succeeded in his mission. As Chimera spun back after heading to the corner, he sent the puck on net. After hitting a Senator and teammate John Carlson in front, it ricocheted off Perreault's face passed Senators goalie Craig Anderson. Perreault was credited with his tenth goal of the season, the first coming off his face. Here's the video:
"My tongue was out, so it bounced off my tongue and in the net," Perreault said. "These things happen when you go to the net. Not the way you want to get goals, but he hit me in the face and it went in."
Perreault stayed in the game, but was unable to taste victory as the Senators still won the game 5-2.
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