When we attend a sporting event, we hope to see greatness. We don’t want it to be "just another game," we want something special to happen. We want to witness greatness.
What is greatness? The term is probably loosely defined depending on who you ask, but for a baseball fan it’s probably witnessing a perfect game. At the least a no-hitter. For a basketball fan, maybe it’s seeing a quadruple-double in person. You get what I’m saying, though. We want to leave the venue knowing that what we just saw was incredibly rare and it may never happen again to us in person.
In San Jose’s 5-2 win over Winnipeg yesterday, Martin Jones tried to score a goal.
...and he failed, miserably.
It’s no secret that Jones is one of my favorite Sharks. No longer a back-up in the shadow of Jonathan Quick, Jones is a household name and an NHL All-Star.
If you watched the game you know what happened. But if you turned it off early or missed it altogether and just skimmed through the box score, you’re missing the whole story surrounding Mark Scheifle’s goal at the 19:41 mark of the third period.
The Jets had pulled backup goalie Michael Hutchinson after a goal by Josh Morrissey got Winnipeg on the board at 17:24 of the third, trailing San Jose 4-1. Scoreless for the next two minutes, Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien dumped the puck down ice from the neutral zone and Jones caught it in his trapper. Seeing an empty net at the other goal line, Jones’ eyes lit up and he decided that he would have us witness greatness: a goalie scoring a goal.
The only Sharks goalie to ever score a goal was Evgeni Nabokov on March 10, 2002, against the Vancouver Canucks in a 7-4 win. Things worked out well for Nabby as he’s generally considered the greatest goalie in Sharks history and is still involved with the organization today.
"If Evgeni can do it, so can I," is what I hope Jones thought before he shot the puck directly into the left hand of Scheifle who promptly dropped the puck and put it in San Jose’s net before Jones could even realize what had happened. Below is the GIF and the full video of what happened.
I love you, Martin Jones.
Let’s break this down, shall we?
- Byfuglien shoots the puck into Jones glove an Jones decides to play it rather than hold it for a face-off in his zone.
- Jones sees Winnipeg’s abandoned net, his eyes widen, his heart accelerate, and he shoots his shoot. (S/o to The Ringer’s Shea Serrano on this wonderful article on shooting your shot)
- Scheifle snags the shot out of the air from feet away before dropping it right outside the blue paint.
- Jones is still looking down ice, contemplating if he should skate to the bench to fist bump his teammates if he scores. Also, he’s confused why he doesn’t see a black puck on a white surface.
- Scheifle spins around and shoots the puck in the open net for a goal.
- "Ohhhholdonasec" - Martin Jones, probably.
The best part is that it’s fairly obvious Jones is embarrassed and likely blushing under his mask, while Brent Burns just gives him the ultimate look of disapproval.
The Sharks went on to win 5-2 and Martin Jones, god bless his heart, attempted to score a goal.
Whether he makes an awkward appearance in the Sharks annual holiday video, gets his Twitter account hacked by a porn bot, or attempts to score a goal, Martin Jones is a national treasure.