6. Memorable Moment: Duchene Scores While Offside
It’s ironic that the most memorable moment from that awful season was an even more terrible one. Matt Duchene scored a goal against the Nashville Predators while being way offside.
In an of itself, the play was funny more than anything. There’s not even an iota of a question that Duchene is offside:
This moment is especially notable because it essentially ruined modern hockey. The official didn’t call offside because he thought another call was going to be made. When Duchene scored, no one had any recourse to overturn the goal. And so the coach’s challenge was born for offiside reviews, and no goal seems to be safe anymore.
Duchene talked this last fall about that infamous goal. He remarked that he knew it was offside, so he almost didn’t pick up the puck. But he did, and he scored. He explained his reaction:
"“After I scored, I thought I was going to get jumped. I kind of half-celebrated [thinking] someone’s going to come… like, is [Shea] Weber on the ice? I hope not.”"
When teased that he’s the reason for offside reviews now, he good-naturedly laughed that he was at least “known for something.”
All well and good because it was no longer his team that got railroaded by an offside review. But that’s for a little later.