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#CountdownToJY1K: March 15, 2008 - Nathan Gerbe's Ridiculous Penalty Shot

Part of the Eagles' title run, and Conte lore

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After losing to BU in overtime in the 2007 Beanpot final, BC went on an unholy tear, not losing again until the NCAA championship game.

2008, however, was a different story entirely. After beating Harvard in the 2008 Beanpot championship game, BC struggled mightily, going 1-5-1 in their next seven games. After a loss to Northeastern on Senior Night, BC's season looked to be on the rocks. A win at Matthews Arena in the season finale allowed BC to limp in to the postseason as the #3 seed in Hockey East. What happened over the next month was legendary.

The run started in the Hockey East quarterfinals at Conte Forum against Providence College. After slicing through the Friars in Game 1, BC hosted PC again for Game 2 and ran them out of the building. The Eagles scored four goals in the first period en route to a 5-1 win; the fourth and final goal in that frantic first period was a penalty shot by Hobey Baker candidate Nathan Gerbe. And oh, was it ever a memorable one:

Debate raged on for a long time over whether that goal was actually legal or not. Eventually the NHL and the NCAA clarified that the puck needs to be constantly moving forward in order for a penalty shot to count. But at the time, this one stood. And it was good.