December 6, 2011
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.