Joel Rechlicz Scores Shootout Goal– No, Really


Artists’ rendition by Peter H. Age 29. (Click to embiggen)

Joel Rechlicz has played 26 games at the NHL level and come away with a career total of one point: an assist. He’s not now nor has he ever been a goal scorer. Which explains the reaction of Caps radio man John Walton when Rechlicz was tapped to take the fourth shootout attempt of Monday’s exhibition game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“Oh my goodness.”


The game was not televised (and the Flyers’ stream was region-locked), so you’ll have to make do with Walton’s audio and my artist’s rendition of Wrecker’s shootout game-winner. It feels weird just to type that.

The Capitals (or a close approximation thereto) blew a two-goal lead only to have Ryan Stoa (37 games played in Colorado) tie it up in the final minute. The Capitals are 2-0 in the preseason, both shootout wins. Some might say that preseason wins in the shootout do not predict regular-season success, but shut up. Just shut up.

UPDATE: Here’s Joel Rechlicz’s post-game interview.

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  • Andy Wallace

    I’m tempted to make that my cover photo on every social networking site I use.

  • (10:39:53 PM) Ian Oland: I like the W on his jersey lol lol
    (10:40:00 PM) Peter Hassett: arial 28
    (10:40:01 PM) Peter Hassett: black
    (10:40:02 PM) Peter Hassett: thanks for asking
    (10:40:04 PM) Ian Oland: amazing
    (10:40:06 PM) Peter Hassett: I bolded it
    (10:40:10 PM) Peter Hassett: to give it more emphasis
    (10:40:12 PM) Peter Hassett: good eye

  • Jonathan Garcia

    If the “Peter H. age 29” is a Futurama reference, bless you.

  • standarsh

    Masterful, masterful work

  • ThrowmetheWHIP

    i wonder how much (if at all) Oates throws him out there just to jab at Emery, maybe give laviolette some hiccups.

  • johnnymorte

    Emery looks like he has a boner.

  • Owen Johnson

    Wow that interview just improved my mood. He was just… so HAPPY!

  • yv

    I heard this on live radio and was glad for him. Second time in a row SOGWGs from totally unexpected men. And I wished to see reaction on the bench, A.Oates specifically! Looks like Caps going for very merry new season?!?

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    Emery looks like he’s playing baseball and giving us the finger. makes so much more sense given these facts.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    p.s. john walton’s disbelief is PRICELESS. love that guy.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    p.p.s. – joel rechlicz sounds like stiffler when frank the tank shoots himself in the neck with a tranquilizer dart. YES! THAT’S AWESOME.

  • SeanL

    John’s Roast Pork > Tony Luke’s

    Trust me.

  • I make the tony luke pork recipe at home now — with the rabe and everything. I looooooooove it.