With the Stanley Cup Final taking a couple of days off and given the fact that a team associated with the Maple Leafs was playing for something, I was vaguely following Game 3 of the Calder Cup Final between Toronto and Norfolk on Thursday night.

In case you haven’t heard, the game ended in the most bizarre, most heart-breaking and most Maple Leafs way ever.

With the score tied 0-0 in overtime and Norfolk up 2-0 in the series, the puck is shot in to the Toronto zone just as players were exiting the Marlies’ zone from a previous rush. A Norfolk player is in an offside position when the puck is dumped in, but it doesn’t touch him, and he appears to make it out of the zone before the ensuing chaos commences. Looks like a standard dump-in.

Only goaltender Ben Scrivens had already left his net to play what he thought was going to be a pretty routine puck. Instead, the puck takes a wild bounce off of the stanchion, and beats Scrivens to the net. Game over. Norfolk is one win away from AHL supremacy.

While it’s hard for the average NHL fan to really grasp the heartbreak of an AHL game, remember, we’re still talking about a professional league’s championship series, and this is how the all important Game 3 ended.

You can watch the whole thing unfold here.

Between the controversy of the offside question and the bizarre goal itself, you can probably bet on seeing this ending played out on sports countdowns for many years to come.

Now here are some morning links:

Comments (2)

  1. Refs dropped the puck again. Rule 83.4!

  2. “83.4 Disallowed Goal – If the puck is shot on goal during a delayed off-side, the play shall be allowed to continue under the normal clearing-the-zone rules. Should the puck, as a result of this shot, enter the defending team’s goal during a delayed off-side, either directly or off the goalkeeper, a player or an official on the ice, the goal shall be disallowed as the original shot was off-side. The face-off will be conducted at the face-off spot in the zone closest to the point of origin of the shot or at the nearest face-off spot in the neutral zone adjacent to the attacking zone of the offending team.”- NHL rule book.(The same for Minor leagues.)

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