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DANNY DEKEYSER — PINBALL WIZARD

2017-02-13T16:42:27+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Exclude From Main Feed, Featured Goal Box, Goal Box|

DANNY DEKEYSER, Red Wings
PINBALL WIZARD
Tommy thought he was the Bally table king. But he just handed his pinball crown to . . . Danny Dekeyser?

If you grew up on Long Island, chances are many a pinball machine broke your heart at Adventureland 110. But you probably thought you’d gotten it all out of you, until . . . last night.

With the Islanders surging and on the verge of collecting at least one point in a crucial road game against fellow wild-card rival Detroit, things went horrifyingly “tilt” for the Nassau-Suffolk faithful. It all started innocently enough.

The Red Wings did have a draw deep in the New York end. After they won the faceoff, Danny Dekeyser threw a harmless looking shot toward the Islander goal from a rough angle outside and above the circle. And that’s when the pinball mayhem began.

No sooner had the Detroit color announcer said, “If the game stays like this, it’s a huge point for New York,” than, first, the puck caromed off the toe of Islander defenseman Nick Leddy’s skate at the left faceoff dot. From there it continued wide of the net. That is until it found another boot to bounce off. That one belonged to Thomas Hickey, who was stationed in front of the Islander net — presumably to prevent harm from making its way to the goal.

But he forgot to tell his foot this. Goaltender Thomas Greiss had no chance. The puck slipped by him without his even having a chance to press the flippers. Time of goal 19:31. Final thought from Red Wing commentator: “Oh My God.” Chances are good the sentiment was pinballing all over Long Island, as well.

You’ll need to climb to the 9:45 mark of this clip to reach the peak of Heartbreak Hill.

2/3/2017 vs. Islanders