WATCH: Carolina Hurricanes goaltender scores bizarre own goal without knowing
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 23/03/18 12:45pm
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward scored one of the most bizarre own goals ever seen in the NHL on Thursday - and did not even realise he had done it.
It came with his team leading 2-0 in their match against the Arizona Coyotes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh.
With a long pass played forward from an Arizona player, Ward went behind the net to collect it before going to guard his goal when it disappeared from view and he could not find the puck.
Following some confusion, it was found stuck in a gap in Ward's skate - and he inadvertently took it over his own goal line while it was there.
With NHL rules stating play should be stopped when the puck is out of sight, the incident was reviewed before it was decided the goal should stand.
Although that allowed the Coyotes to reduce the deficit, it was not enough to help them come back and win.
Instead, the Hurricanes went on to edge the contest 6-5 through Jeff Skinner's second goal of the game less than two minutes from the end.
That allowed them to move to within seven points of the New Jersey Devils in the race to the second wild card into the Stanley Cup play-offs from the Eastern Conference.
Click the video above to watch the bizarre incident which saw Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward score an own goal without knowing about it.