New York Islanders Adam Pelech Passes On Tap In Goal (Video)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Adam Pelech #50 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Florida Panthers during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Adam Pelech #50 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Florida Panthers during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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It’s not often that you see an NHL caliber player miss an open net. New York Islanders Adam Pelech did just that against the San Jose Sharks.

Nothing comes easy in the NHL. So when New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech decides to pass on a wide open net you have to wonder why?

Scoring a goal is entirely luck based. Teams have to generate enough offense and get enough shots on net to hope that enough go in to win the game.

So when a tap-in materializes teams

have

to capitalize on it. That’s exactly what happened in the second period as the Islanders played the San Jose Sharks.

Wide Open

In the second period the games was still 0-0 between the New York islanders and the San Jose Sharks. And then Adam Pelech found himself alone in front of the net with little to do but tap in the puck.

Instead of just tapping it in to the wide open net Pelech for some reason decided to pass it to a covered Mathew Barzal.

If you haven’t seen it here, the how it played out.

Its almost as bad as Craig Smith when he roofed a puck into the third bowl on an actual empty net.

It’s incredible to think of an NHL’er being able to pass on one of the easiest goal scoring opportunities of their careers. But then again, think about it for a second. It’s not like Pelech is a goal scorer.

Over his 166 game NHL career before the game against San Jose, Pelech has six goals to his name. His instinct is to pass first. In a situation that requires a split second decision he’s going to look for a forward rather than put the puck in himself.

Which is exactly what transpired for Pelech.

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Thankfully the New York Islanders would go up 1-0 just a few minutes later as Anders Lee scored on the power play. But this play is going to be dressing room fodder for years to come for Pelech.

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