|The Piggyback Goal
(The Seibert Goal)
One of The Rocket's most famous goals is
referred to as The Piggyback Goal or The Seibert Goal. During a game
in the 1945-46 season, Richard carried the puck over the Detroit blue
line and was hit by defenceman Earl Seibert. Seibert weighed 225
pounds, and it was a hard hit so Richard went down. When he straightened
up, he still had the puck - along with Seibert riding on his shoulders.
Richard carried Seibert all the way to the net, faked the goalie out of
position, and one-handed, hefted the puck into the far corner of the net.
When Seibert got back to the bench, he was bawled out by his coach Jack
Adams. Seibert replied, "Mr. Adams, I weigh over 200 pounds. Any guy who
can carry me on his back from the blue line to the net deserves to score