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Video: Here’s what happens when your team misses a face off

Oct 12, 2011, 12:15 AM EDT

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If you’ve ever wanted to see a team scramble like crazy because they were too slow in getting to a face off, tonight is your night. During the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers, the Panthers got a bit of a head start on their offense thanks to the linesman getting tired of waiting on the Penguins to take a face off.

The puck was dropped, the Panthers got a free head-start down the ice and with the Penguins scrambling to cover everyone and looking more like a Chinese fire drill gone wrong, Tomas Fleischmann scored a snapper of a goal past Marc-Andre Fleury thanks to Stephen Weiss‘ backhand pass. That’ll be in everyone’s “reasons to get to the face off circle on time” instructional video that doesn’t exist.

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  1. eyecorporations - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    I’m not going to be able to make it the entire season with this terrible NBC video player.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Oct 12, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    I’m all for sticking it to the Penguins, but is the linesman allowed to do that?

    • sknut - Oct 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM

      I am guessing there is a rule in which you need to get in the face off in a timely manner. I would think that doesn’t happen very often but a strange play none the less. Credit the Panthers for taking advantage of it.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      I think it’s either 3 or 5 seconds.

  3. jpelle82 - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    perfectly able to do that…i must say i was surprised last night to see one of them actually do it though

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