Empty-Netter in Final Seconds Tortures Under Bettors Once Again


Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) controls the puck against Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Highlights

  • The Lightning held a 3-2 lead late in the third period.
  • Those who bet the total of 6 wouldn’t know their fate of a win, loss or push until the clock hit 0:00.
  • For the second consecutive night, an empty-netter in the final seconds ruined the under. At least it was a push.

For the second consecutive night, under bettors clenched their tickets late in the third period, palms greasy with sweat. As the Lightning clung to a 3-2 lead over the Caps in the final minute of Game 4, the total of 6 could still go either way.

Under bettors needed to avoid either a game-tying goal from Washington or an empty-netter from Tampa. After Andrei Vasilevskiy continued his brilliance by thwarting Washington’s attack, under bettors could almost exhale after the puck was cleared down the ice in the final seconds.

However, those under tickets would soon be, as I like to call them, “tostadas,” as an empty-net moose reared its ugly face — turning a win into a push. With just two seconds left, Anthony Cirelli scored a virtually meaningless goal (for non-bettors, of course), giving Tampa a 4-2 lead. Check it out.

The worst part? The excruciating wait to see if the goal would count, as the announcers mentioned a potential offside. However, no call came, and under bettors find themselves with “agita” this evening. Hey, at least a goal in the final seconds didn’t result in an under loss like last night. I wonder how the under will go down in flames on Friday in Las Vegas? Stay tuned.


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