On October 7th in 2013, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick misplayed a 163 foot shorthanded clearing attempt, dropping his stick and inadvertently directing the puck into the net with his blocker for an own goal, giving the New York Rangers a 3-1 lead four minutes into the final frame.
The miscue was credited to Rangers' defenseman Ryan McDonagh, his first point of the season and 13th career NHL goal.
With five minutes remaining, the Los Angeles Kings' fair-weather faithful jeered Quick as he successfully stopped an iced puck. Unamused by the gesture, the Conn Smythe winner and Stanley Cup champion flipped-off the ungrateful onlookers waiving his glove in response.
In the post-game interview Quick conceded "everybody gives up bad goals, it's part of the game". When pressed for more detail on the miscue Quick quipped, "you guys are writing a story on that one goal?" which the reporter denied while hockey bloggers everywhere nodded.
When asked for comment about any post-gaffe discussions with his goalie, Coach Darryl Sutter responded "He dropped his stick - what do you want to talk about - tell him not to drop his stick?". Sutter buttoned his remarks, joking "It's his job to stop the puck, so obviously he didn't think he needed a stick". The Rangers beat the Kings 3-1.
That's today in NHL history.