Back in October we had a strange night in the NHL. Multiple weird things occurred and I wrote a post calling it the The Hockey Twilight Zone. Well guess what, after seeing some more weird things happen last night, I believe it’s time for a sequel. So for the second time this season…

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into… the Twilight Zone.

Combined shutout in Vancouver

3:48 into a second period of the Canucks game against the Avalanche, Roberto Luongo took a puck to the throat courtesy  rookie Gabriel Landeskog. Luongo had made 13 saves and hadn’t allowed a goal, but had to leave the game. In came Cory Schneider, and he didn’t allow one the rest of the way. Not only does the combined shutout not happen often, but what makes this even more strange is that it involves arguably the biggest goaltending controversy in the league.

The hottest team the the NHL made their leading scorer a healthy scratch

The Bruins had won 14 of their last 15 going into their game with the Jets last night. A big reason for that success has been the play of Tyler Seguin. He has a team leading 25 points and is a plus 19, but he would watch this game from the press box. No, he was not hurt. He missed a mandatory team breakfast and meeting. Seguin said he slept in and it was an honest mistake. Snooze alarm? AM/PM? My guess: The volume. There was a separate knob for radio alarm. Why separate knob?  WHY SEPARATE KNOB?

Sorry kid, you get the Loss

Imagine being an up and coming goaltender and you get called up to the Hurricanes to back-up Cam Ward. You are excited, call your friends and family and life seems good. It seems even better when you get the call to take over between the pipes and make your NHL debut. In your 8:37 of play, you allow a grand total of zero goals….and you get the loss. That’s what happened to Mike Murphy last night. He was the goalie of record when Jarome Iginla scored an empty netter. Because the Canes scored two late goals, the Iggy goal turned out to be the game winner. With that, Murphy is the first goalie in NHL history to record a loss before allowing a goal.

Last night hockey traveled to a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call “The Twilight Zone”.


To the links we go

Have you ever lost  something of value and said to yourself “I will never get THAT back”. Theo Fleury probably said that about his lost Stanley Cup ring… but.. (Calgary Sun)

Hockey can be a very dangerous game. Evidence: The multiple injuries last night (Pro Hockey Talk)

Want a peak at the possible All Star game jerseys? (Puck Daddy)

Every wonder what Christmas at the Staal’s would be like?  So did Barry Melrose Rocks

Are you a Rangers fan who has fond memories of the Cup winning 1993-94 season? You could be in an NHL documentary (Blueshirt Banter)

Dave Cunning from takes a look at how some players who signed long term, front loaded contracts are doing in the league

When you think of players who have been labelled “Injury Prone”, Carlo Colaiacovo has to be on your list (STL today)

Bleacher report gives its list of 10 teams that should be pursuing Zach Parise

My dad always told me that having three boys playing hockey was expensive, I guess he is right (Globe and Mail)

Goalies getting run, is it trending on twitter yet?