If there is any positive that can be taken from an NHL lockout, it’s that hockey fans start to pay more attention to other leagues. It seems like every time something crazy happens, like the most bizarre goal you’ve ever seen, a highlight reel save you swear was doctored, or an insane brawl that would make even the Hanson brothers jealous, it goes down in places like the KHL, AHL, or ECHL.
If you haven’t seen this one yet you are in for a treat. This past Thursday the Toronto Marlies gave up two goals to the Abbotsford Heat in an improbable three seconds. Not only that, but the two Abbotsford goals came shorthanded. The Heat’s Steve McCarthy danced in and slipped one past Marlies goalie Ben Scrivens to break a scoreless tie in the third period. Then, off the ensuing face-off at center ice, Ben Street shot the puck right off the draw into the air and it fell past Scrivens. The goal was so fast that it even avoided being captured on video because of a replay being shown of the previous tally. The previous AHL record for fastest two goals was five seconds.
After seeing this video via Marlies TV, three things come to mind.
1) Ben Scrivens has the worst luck on the face of the planet when it comes to goaltenders. If you don’t believe me then just look up the way the Marlies lost game 3 of last year’s Calder Cup Final on YouTube.
2) Since there is no footage of it, who is to say it actually happened? Maybe it was a brilliant conspiracy and PR move by someone in the AHL to create some hype for the league.
3) Perhaps AHLer’s are just putting Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution into practice. With all the NHLer’s playing in the league thanks to the lockout, AHL players may have realized they need to pull of some extraordinary accomplishments to standout and survive.