Matt Calvert couldn’t have done it again if he tried.
Sprung in on a breakaway in the second period of Game 5 versus the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ bottom-six forward haplessly saw the puck bounce on him as he cocked back to release, resulting in a misfire. But able to display the sort of skillset that would belie his historical production, Calvert quickly corralled the puck on his backhand and initiated his backup plan — and a move no one could have seen coming.
Without hesitation, he spun on a dime and was able to sweep the puck around Braden Holtby and into the back of the net — pulling the Blue Jackets even in the most unlikely fashion.
Matt Calvert messed up his breakaway so badly, he ended up scoring. It's 2-2 pic.twitter.com/ZntEwiSwwF
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) April 21, 2018
Calvert’s incredible improvisation actually marked his second goal of the afternoon.
Scored in far more standard fashion, however, his shorthanded tally failed to warrant a post.