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Luongo's solar eclipse joke wins the day

Panthers goalie, NHL embrace rare astronomical event

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Roberto Luongo won the solar eclipse.

While social media was ablaze with images and videos of the rare astronomical event where the moon crossed between the sun and earth, the Florida Panthers goalie who never misses a chance to make a joke unleashed a perfect burn on his own goaltending play.

Tweet from @strombone1: I just burned my retina looking at game film from last year #solareclipse

While Luongo was winning the day, and others were bracing for the eclipse, Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Wideman managed to capture an incredible image of the moon crossing the sun's orbit.

Tweet from @Chris_Wideman: Just experienced a full solar eclipse. One of the coolest experiences of my life! pic.twitter.com/GIS4YpXXC3

Boston Bruins forward Matt Beleskey was so excited to see the eclipse that he bartered with fans on social media to acquire some glasses. Bruins fan Peter Conley lent him a pair and ended up with a signed hat.

Tweet from @Matt_Beleskey: So who's got some extra eclipse glasses for me ?

Tweet from @Matt_Beleskey: Signed stick of someone brings me 2 pairs ????

Tweet from @Matt_Beleskey: Stand Up Guy! Glasses in hand thx again Peter! https://t.co/4VSZW1pDT6

In the run-up to the event, team accounts practiced preparedness. The Dallas Stars also changed their avatar to the moon crossing the path of their logo a clever play on the sun's status as a star.

Other NHL mascots got the best jokes out of their system.

Tweet from @sjsharkie: My eyes! My eyes! Quick get me some #solareclipseglasses :) pic.twitter.com/tRF2TsJkzI

Tweet from @NHLStormy: So what you're saying is... the moon just photobombed the sun... I think I get it now.... #SolarEclipse2017

Tweet from @BaileyLAKings: The SoCal sky is cloudless 364 days a year... of course that one cloudy day would be on the Solar Eclipse ��

Don't fret if you missed the big event Monday. The next solar eclipse in America will be here in April 2024.

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