By Mike Harrington
Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos gave the Sabres a lead Saturday night with a rare "own goal" -- sending the puck 180 feet into his own empty net during a delayed penalty. Oddly enough, the call was on Buffalo's Cory Conacher, who got credit for the goal as the last Sabre to touch the puck.
The Sabres weren't able to fully take advantage of the break, as Stamkos got his revenge by scoring in overtime to give Tampa a 4-3 win. But it certainly had folks in First Niagara Center going through their minds recalling similar plays.
Patrick Kane did it this year in Chicago, handing a goal to the Edmonton Oilers on a similar delayed penalty situation.
And the Leafs handed one to the Sabres in the last minute of a game in 2004, with the goalie pulled in the final minute trying to get the tying goal. And this one got credited to Sabres goalie Mika Noronen, still the only time a Buffalo goaltender has been credited with a goal.
Interesting to note that at 30 seconds of the video below, Adam Mair is clearly yelling from the bench to grab the puck, as he recognized Noronen was the last player to touch the puck.
Stamkos joked after the game that it was an "uncharacteristic hat trick" Easy to joke about it when you consider he has 23 goals in 29 games this season (he missed 45 due to a broken leg).
Click below to hear postgame audio from Conacher and Stamkos on the play