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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Today In NHL History - Puck Hits Camera

On November 21st in 2022, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson's clearing attempt took an unexpected bounce off a camera protruding from the photographer's hole, dislodging the lens hood onto the ice.

While some skaters were distracted by the rolling lens hood, the puck landed on Vegas Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel's stick which led to a Mark Stone goal 12 seconds later, giving the visitors a one goal lead.

Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau challenged the goal, noting the play should have been whistled dead when the puck struck the camera. After a two minute review, the referees agreed with Gabby and disallowed the goal, relying on 'Rule 85.1 Puck Out of Bounds' which states:
"When a puck goes outside the playing area at either end or either side of the rink, strikes any obstacles above the playing surface other than the boards or glass, causes the glass, lighting, timing device or the supports to break, it shall be faced-off at the nearest face-off spot in the zone from where it was shot or deflected out of play."
Four minutes later, Mark Stone setup Alex Pietrangelo who buried what ended up being the game winner, as Vegas defeated the Canucks 5-4.

That's today in NHL history.