History was almost made in the NHL tonight as Florida Panthers’ forwards Scottie Upshall and Derek MacKenzie were almost both forced into action as emergency replacement goaltenders. Why? Well, if both of a team’s goaltenders suffer injuries in the same game, the team has an option of dressing a roster skater as an in-game emergency replacement goaltender.
By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde
That’s right. Both Florida Panther’s goaltenders were injured in the same game.
I would never wish an injury on a player. Injuries suck. But this is a moment that I waited my entire life as a hockey fan to see and I could not have been more excited.
After Al Montoya left with injury, both Scottie Upshall and Derek MacKenzie were sent into the dressing room during a rare injury time-out just 26 seconds into the third period.
Unfortunately for everyone who likes fun and crazy, Al Montoya was able to return to the game and played through his undisclosed lower-body injury briefly. Both Upshall and MacKenzie returned to the bench to resume playing as forwards.
Personally? I would have tried to find the fattest fan or a local sumo wrestler to put in net. Like this:
As for the new emergency backup? It was Panthers’ goaltending coach Rob Tallas, who last played in the NHL in 2001, that was signed to an emergency contract. This came after Derek MacKenzie was reportedly almost half-dressed in Roberto Luongo’s equipment.
This was not the first time Tallas suited up as a Panther though, as he did it once before for warm-up when the Panther’s were not able to get their minor league goaltender to the game in time for puck drop.
Then after changing into his street clothes after leaving the game, Luongo re-dressed in order to re-enter the game as the active goaltender allowing Montoya to leave and have his injury treated.
Quite the exciting turn of events, briefly, for a team that is trying hard to make the playoffs for only the second time since 2000. They currently sit 2 points back of the last playoff spot.