The Greatest GIF: John Erskine’s 360-Degree Face Plant

John Erskine faceplant

GIF by welshhockeyfan

Lil’ Muffin John Erskine has been awesome this year. He beat up George Parros, he scored a clutch goal, and he’s been quietly playing 18 quality minutes per night (when he’s not suspended).

Unfortunately for John, this is not going to be a fun story. Towards the end of the third period, with the Capitals down 5-4, Big John jumped off the bench as the Florida Panthers came down the ice for a 4-on-2 break. Instead of actually contributing to the play, Erskine falls onto his back and does a 360-degree tumble onto his face. Or in Fedor’s words, he “Colaiacovo’d.”

The Panthers would waste the opportunity, taking a slap shot from beyond the circles, and the Capitals went on to win the game in overtime.

How does Big John’s moment tonight rank with other classic GIF’s? I don’t know. You tell me.

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  • Andy Wallace

    I think the shift change may have it

  • Jake
  • Chris Gordon


  • jennrubenstein

    oh my god i had forgotten all about that, i’m pretty sure it’s physically impossible to watch that without laughing hysterically

  • Yv

    All gifs including jakes are very funny

  • Sentient Cheese

    by blues player do you mean Wideman, cuz that’s totally Wideman.

  • Ian Oland
  • Peter Hassett

    It’s like you already think it’s funny and then FACEPLANT

  • Chase

    Wolski face plant at beginning of 3rd period:

    They’ve resorted to drinking before games!

  • Eileen Dailey Lucas

    Okay…you are totally gonna hate me for this…but that’s a 180° turn. 360° is a complete (all the way around) turn. Still…very funny! LOL

  • Sarah
  • katzistan

    Thought the game was over then. Who takes a crappy far-out shot on a 4-on-1? Were the Panthers trying to blow the game?

  • Ian Oland

    So Big John jumps onto the ice face-forward (somewhat out of frame), loses an edge and falls onto his back, and then rolls onto his face. Totally 360. Sure maybe his mid-air spin was only 180, but this in totality this was a 360 degree fail.

  • serpent

    Huh, how ’bout that. Didn’t know Ian made the team.