As a goalie, Bridgeport Sound Tigers net-minder David Leggio chose a hysterical -- and effective -- means of defending the Springfield Falcons' 2-on-0 breakaway in the American Hockey League match-up on Sunday.
With Falcons forwards Dana Tyrell and Lukas Sedlak bearing down on him -- and no Tigers defender in sight -- Leggio, a Williamsville native, intentionally knocked his goal off its moorings, resulting in a penalty shot.
Watch the video below (and isn't that small child amusing?):
If you're wondering about the rule, the referees were correct:
63.5 Penalty Shot - If the goal post is deliberately displaced by a goalkeeper or player during the course of a “breakaway,” a penalty shot will be awarded to the non-offending team, which shot shall be taken by the player last in possession of the puck.
Tasked with stopping just one approaching attacker this time, Leggio calmly slid to his right to deny Tyrell's backhand attempt, leaving the Falcons both puzzled and empty-handed on the score sheet. The Falcons did end up winning, however, 4-3.
After growing up north of Buffalo and attending Clarkson University, Leggio was fortunate to stay local, serving as the Rochester Americans goalie for two years, winning 66 games and Team MVP honors in the process. [Read John Vogl's feature on Leggio's start at the First Niagara Center in 2012]. He's never started an NHL game, but at 30 years old, there's still a glimmer of hope for the Islanders' minor leaguer.
Who knows, maybe Leggio will pass along this cunning, veteran wisdom to local campers when he returns home this summer.
Regardless, that's perhaps the most mischievous way of halting a 2-on-0 break.