Tic-tac-toe goals are normally a thing of beauty in hockey. They're smooth, effortless plays that often make highlight reels for how gorgeous they look. On Monday, the Arizona Coyotes broke a 1-1 tie against the Toronto Maple Leafs on a rather abnormal tic-tac-toe tally.
It starts innocently enough, with defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson firing a pass down low to start the cycle past the pad of Leaf goaltender James Reimer. However, teammate Mikkel Boedker receives the pass below the red line, a strange place to make a play, and taps it over to Shane Doan for the captain to take advantage of Reimer's high position in the crease for the easy finish.
Doan puts the Coyotes back on top with Arizona's 2nd PP goal of the game pic.twitter.com/kjkSwFPun1— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 27, 2015
At least Reimer tried to correct his high positioning, while the remaining four Leafs stood around and watched the unorthodox play unfold.