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Tampa Bay Lightning give up the most embarrassing goal of the year just hours before midnight

Published January 1, 2024 at 8:26
BY JOSH
The Tampa Bay Lightning have made a late move for the worst play of year with a goal they gave up against the Montreal Canadiens. Midway through the first period the Lightning threw a harmless shot on goal. That's when things got weird.

As the play appears to end the referee instead decides to not blow the whistle. The lack of whistle was lost on the arena employees who started playing both the internal music and setting off the in game music. The Lightning took this as a sign and vacated the ice.

While the Lightning left the ice, Canadiens defender Johnathan Kovacevic realized the whistle hadn't gone and took the opportunity to fire the puck down the ice into an empty net.




The Lightning were clearly upset by the call on the ice and did everything possible to argue the call, but to no avail. This play has created a lot of questions from fans, because it does appear that Sam Montembeault had the puck frozen.

What do you think, should this goal have counted?
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January 1   |   461 answers
Tampa Bay Lightning give up the most embarrassing goal of the year just hours before midnight

Should this goal have counted?

Yes, there was no whistle33672.9 %
No, the puck was clearly frozen12527.1 %
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