20 April, 2014

Single Bullet Theory

How long have goalies lodged water bottles atop their cages — at least 20 years now? And during that time we’ve come to distinguish exceptional marksmanship principally by a shooter’s ability to dislodge a netminder’s water bottle from its perch.

But what do we think of a shooter who doesn’t merely displace a water bottle but all of the water in it as well? That’s precisely what Alexander Semin did during Wednesday night’s third period against Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Have you seen any other NHLer pull that off, ever? Or any other hockey player for that matter?

If you pay close attention to the NHL’s video of the goal, you’ll notice a brief explosion of water behind Giggy right before the Verizon Center faithful realize that the Caps have scored again. I was seated way up high in the Phone Booth Wednesday night and noticed this extraordinary consequence of Semin’s sniping only from the high-def replays on the television screens overhead in the press box. I don’t remember a moment like it — certainly not from any other Capitals’ shooter, ever. Do you? Semin may have destroyed Giggy’s water bottle altogether. Doesn’t such a feat deserve a special designation? I kind of like The Single Bullet Theory, which can take out a whole lot.


  1. Dru wrote:

    I noticed Giggy throw the bottle towards the bench after the goal and saw it was missing the top…. pure snipe!! I said i think semin may have destroyed that water bottle..

    29 January, 2010 at 8:10 am | Permalink
  2. Bradford wrote:

    Giguere’s water bottle uses a straw. Perhaps that had something to do with it?

    29 January, 2010 at 9:36 am | Permalink
  3. Johnny wrote:

    From section 400 I first thought the net ripped but it was water…

    29 January, 2010 at 9:39 am | Permalink
  4. Hittman wrote:

    Higher degree of difficulty: scoring a goal then drinking out of the goalie’s water bottle. I’ve seen it done before, but not in a league that allows fighting.

    29 January, 2010 at 9:49 am | Permalink
  5. Nice one, Hittman!

    29 January, 2010 at 9:51 am | Permalink
  6. hockeymatt wrote:

    if you watch immediately after the goal (9 sec. mark), as backstrom starts to skate to semin for a high 5 you can see the straw from the water bottle land in the corner.

    29 January, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  7. xke4m3 wrote:

    Precisely why my son’s club goalie doesn’t put a bottle on the net. No need to give the shooters the target.

    Nice shot!

    29 January, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink
  8. TreKronor wrote:

    If memory serves, the first goalie to place a water bottle atop the cage routinely was the late great Pelle Lindbergh (Flyers) – 25 years ago.

    29 January, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
  9. Harry wrote:

    From the stain on the ice afterward, I’d say it’s a Gatorade bottle, not water.

    29 January, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  10. Harry wrote:

    That… or Giguere wet himself.

    29 January, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink
  11. Hittman wrote:

    If only we could trade Jose for Jiggy straight up.

    29 January, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Permalink
  12. Patmanbnl wrote:

    When I first saw it from 413 I thought the explosion of water was the puck going over the net.

    30 January, 2010 at 12:38 am | Permalink