We have probably just witnessed one of the luckiest goals of the 2018 National Hockey League playoffs, in a game opposing the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Washington Capitals.
Just take a look at this play by CBJ's forward Matt Calvert, who whiffed on a breakaway shot and still ended up scoring:
Here is another angle of this lucky, but still beautiful goal:
"Yes, totally meant to do that. All a part of the plan"
We could read many more comments on Twitter, where both journalists and fans reacted to this weird play:
"I didn't think I'd ever type the words "Matt Calvert is the best jacket on the ice" but here we are."
"Matt Calvert is really living his best life right now."
"Seriously, guys. Consider what the Blue Jackets have done historically in the playoffs. Now how impressive does that make these numbers? Matt Calvert has 5 postseason goals, including two game-winners and two short-handed tallies. He's +8!"
Calvert also scored the first goal of the game on a 2 on 1 (on the penalty kill!), with a wrist shot that Holtby couldn't get a hold of. Once again, this is not going to be a highlight reel type of play, but it still counts:
We reported back in February that the Columbus Blue Jackets were reportedly open to the possibility of moving the third-line winger at the trade deadline. Here is what The Athletic's Aaron Portzline said about that, exactly two months ago:
"There also will be interest around the league in left winger Matt Calvert, who is a top-notch penalty killer and “plus” fourth-line guy. Not sure what the value for Calvert might be — third-round pick? Fourth-round pick? — but if you're not going to re-sign him, it's best to get what you can. He, too, is a UFA this summer."
Now it is fair to believe the Jackets are happy with the fact Calvert's still in Columbus, right?
The 28-year-old forward played all of his NHL career games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL draft. Since then, he played 416 games, in which he scored 72 goals and 77 assists for 149 points. He also added 273 penalty minutes. Today's playoffs game marks his 14th with the team. He surprisingly amassed six goals and three assists for 9 point over this period.
Columbus has won the first two games of the series, while Washington won the next two. Who's going to take the lead in the series after today's game?