‘Hockey is for everyone’ day quickly turned into yet another ‘free hockey for everyone’ day in Pittsburgh. The Penguins have scrapped through extra time in back-to-back games now, but ended things short of a shootout.
‘Hockey is for everyone‘ is an initiative by the NHL to promote inclusivity in the world’s best sport. The belief, a proper one I might add, is that everyone can enjoy or play the game of hockey no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, or really anything that’s been used to suppress someone’s enjoyment of hockey in the past.
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So, free hockey on a day to celebrate everyone’s love of the game is a great thing. But, before things got to overtime and with the Flames sitting on a man advantage, Olli Maatta nearly ended the game from closer to Afghanistan than The Point.
That’s what you see up above, the puck being narrowly retrieved by Jon Gillies as it flips along the goal line. Had he not done so, Maatta would have taken P.K. Subban’s crown for ‘best distance-goal to embarrass a goalie’ on the season.
Alas, Maatta didn’t score, but his Stanley Cup-parade drinking buddy Justin Schultz did in overtime. You can read all about that in Dejan Kovacevic’s Drive to the Net, so let’s take a look at the rest of the photos:
Chad Ruhwedel fires a wrist shot to open the scoring. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Evgeni Malkin goes flying over Jon Gillies as he scores. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Johnny Gaudreau watches the puck as it bounces away from Tristan Jarry. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Sidney Crosby pushes the puck into the zone. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Troy Brouwer fires a puck past the outstretched arm of Tristan Jarry. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Conor Sheary comes down on Johnny Gaudreau with his elbow. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Tristan Jarry makes a save with his neck as the puck gets under his mask. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Tom Kuhnhackl fights for a loose puck eventually contained by Jon Gillies. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Evgeni Malkin drags a toe to stay onside between two Flames as Carl Hagelin skates into the zone with the puck. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Phil Kessel fires a shot which beats Jon Gillies but gets the post. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Sidney Crosby dances between defenders before firing a backhanded attempt. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Tristan Jarry smothers a shot in his stomach. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Tristan Jarry celebrates the Penguins’ overtime winner. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS
Troy Brouwer comforts Jon Gillies as he skates away from the Penguins’ game-winning celebration. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS