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Oates Puts Puck in Mighty Ducks Own Net in Home Opening Loss

In a Sunday night 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Mighty Ducks Center Adam Oates '85 accidently shot the puck into his team's goal from the other end of the ice during a delayed penalty situation. As a result, Brendan Shanahan of the Red Wings was credited with a goal and a two minute penalty on the same play.

The real reason the puck traveled 185 feet into the Ducks' goal was, as the Orange County Register said, "{Oates} sent a pass toward wide-open defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski near the blue line. At nearly the same instant Oates released the puck, Vishnevski turned toward the bench, intent on letting a more offensive-oriented defenseman replace him. The puck sailed past Vishnevski and all the way down the ice into the vacated Ducks net...."

Crediting the penalized team with a goal in a delayed penalty situation is one of the rarest circumstances in ice hockey at any level.

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