De­cem­ber 6, 2011

The Hockey News - - NHL -

How is That Even Pos­si­ble?

Mike Mur­phy was like any other as­pir­ing goaler, hop­ing to get into an NHL game and prove his worth. That hap­pened when he stepped onto the ice for Carolina mid­way through the third pe­riod in a game against Calgary. The Canes trailed 6-3. His team scored, though, to make it 6-4, af­ter which he came to the bench for an ex­tra at­tacker. The Flames scored into the empty (not charged to Mur­phy), so he re­turned to the ice with the score 7-4. But the worst thing hap­pened. His team scored twice, but Carolina couldn’t tie the game, which ended 7-6 for the Flames. In ev­ery game, some goalie must be cred­ited with a win and a loss, and since Mur­phy was the goalie of record for the sev­enth (win­ning) goal, al­beit on the bench, he in­curred the loss de­spite stop­ping both shots he faced dur­ing his 8:37 of ice time. Zero goals al­lowed, but an 0-1 record. Cruel.

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