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April 16, 2016

WATCH: Capitals score from 101 feet away against Steve Mason

Ah, the life of a goaltender. To begin the second period of Game 2, the Washington Capitals completely dominated the Philadelphia Flyers at 4-on-4 for two minutes. Steve Mason denied them with a split, the type of save that even hurts to watch. He got up slowly after the play:

Shortly after, Mason, who is one of the top reasons that the Flyers are even in the playoffs, let in an inexplicable goal. If it’s not the weakest goal you will ever see in an NHL game, it has to be close. Washington took a 2-0 lead on the play.

In English soccer, they call it a “howler.” I’m not even sure that does Jason Chimera’s tip-in goal from 101 feet justice:

Here is another look:

The Flyers responded well with a Jake Voracek goal to cut the lead to 2-1, but Alexander Ovechkin responded with a power-play blast that wasn't Mason's fault. Win or lose (but especially if the Flyers lose), people are going to be talking about this mistake after the game.

EDIT: The call is pretty good. "OH NO!"

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