Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle scored the only goal, the overtime goal, the winning goal, the most far-fetched goal of many a season on Sunday night.
In 1938, pilot Douglas Corrigan took off from Brooklyn, N.Y., headed for Los Angeles. He ended up in Dublin, Ireland.
Move over, Corrigan. Make room for Boyle. The 112th goal of his 11-year career never will be forgotten from Denver to San Jose and points beyond.
Fifty-one seconds into the extra period of the 0-0 tie between the Avs and the Sharks, San Jose’s 11-season veteran defenseman and assistant captain possessed the puck in the left circle at his own end and was routinely trying to backhand it behind the net.
However, Boyle accidentally scored the game-winning goal on his own goaltender Sunday night in Denver. He will live in notoriety as “Wrong Way Boyle.”
The Sharks thought they hit an all-time low last year, when they had the best record in the NHL and still lost in the opening round to eighth-seeded Anaheim. But if they get ousted this time around by the No. 8 Avalanche it could hurt even worse, because of the way they’ve lost the games so far.
On top of losing Sunday on the hockey equivalent of an own-goal, San Jose also dropped the opener in OT when Colorado’s Chris Stewart was credited with the game-winner when his centering pass caromed off Blake’s skate and into the goal. If there are such things as “the hockey gods”, they clearly do not like the Sharks.