Blue Jackets Goalie Does What's Never Been Done

Published on 3-Jan-2016 by Alan Adamsson

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Blue Jackets Goalie Does What's Never Been Done

After 215 years of hockey and 99 NHL seasons, there aren't too many firsts around to be claimed.

Especially by emergency goalies.

But now Anton Forsberg has entered the hallowed annals of history.

There he was, soaking up life on the Columbus Blue Jackets' bench, getting his sixth sniff of life in The Show, backing up backup Curtis McElhinney, who was keeping the home team in there against red-hot Washington.

And then, 55 seconds into overtime, McElhinney hurt himself in a way fitting for a backup goalie:


So, in comes the 23-year-old Swede, standing on his head for the duration of overtime. Given the 3-on-3 format these days, that's no mean feat.

Neither is stopping TJ Oshie in the shootout, and he didn't:

However, Forsberg stoned Evgeny Kuznutsov and Niklas Bäckström, making goals by Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Johansen stand up for a 5-4 triumph.

It was his first in the NHL.

Moreover, it was the first time ever that a goalie registered his first win without ever appearing in regulation time.

OK, it's a red-headed stepchild record, but it's a first nonetheless.

So strike up those cannons on the front of their alternate jerseys! This is special, dammit!