Sometimes, it’s easy to lose track of how many players are on the ice – especially when both teams are wearing the same colors.
On Tuesday night, the zebra-like camouflage of the red-and-white Red Wings amid a sea of Senators helped Detroit avoid detection when they opted to go with six skaters on the ice.
Watch as Darren Helm, Brian Lashoff, Jakub Kindl, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Johan Franzen all take to the ice together for one not-so-magical shift at 10:56 of the second period.
They managed to escape the watchful eyes of referees Jean Hebert and Brad Watson, along with linesmen David Brisebois and Derek Nansen. (The official scorer who tracks players on ice didn’t log Franzen’s time for this shift.) No goals were scored during the stretch, so no harm, no foul, right?
The Sens went on to win 3-1, presumably with no more than five skaters for the remainder of the game.