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Goligoski's strange goal

ARI@CAR: Goligoski earns goal on bizarre sequence

Alex Goligoski dumps in the puck, which gets stuck in Cam Ward's skate, and is credited with a goal after Ward's skate crosses the goal line

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It's late in the regular season and things are getting weird.

How weird?

Like a puck getting stuck in a goalie's skate and that goalie returning to the crease and accidentally going to his knees and having the puck still stuck in his skate while it crosses the goal line weird.

It may sound implausible, but that exact scenario happened to Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward on Thursday.

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski dumped a puck into the zone about midway through the first period. Ward went behind the net to clear it. It's a play that happens a million times a season with a different result.

But luck was not on Ward's side, as the puck somehow became lodged in his right skate.

Unable to feel the puck or get an eye on it, Ward did the smart thing with two Coyotes rushing behind the net, he retreated to the crease.

It's hard to imagine that anyone watching could have thought that the play would result in the Coyotes' first goal of the game, but that's exactly what happened. Goligoski was credited with the goal.

Luckily for the Hurricanes, the bad luck didn't end up costing them. Carolina won the game 6-5.

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