This no-look backhand goal is the reason people watch hockey

Occasionally, you’ve got to appreciate that there’s a professional sport where men strap blades to their feet and try to control a frictionless hunk of vulcanized rubber with wooden canes on a floor of ice while colliding with each other at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour.

In particular, you ought to admire this totally absurd play, in which “Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis makes a move toward the net and scores on a beautiful no-look backhand shot” against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price. Because he has to get airborne to pull it off.    

Our deepest sympathies to any fan who was stuck in line for beer when this happened.

Correction: A reader points out that wooden hockey sticks are no longer widely used—indeed, many NHL players use sticks of composite design, made from fiberglass or carbon fiber. The Daily Dot deeply regrets this basic ignorance, though the point about hockeys essential absurdity remains.

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Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'