Early in the second period of a tied hockey game, Edmonton winger Nail Yakupov was looking for a goal. He also may have been looking to avoid a hit from one of the Carolina Hurricanes’ players. 

He wasn’t expecting to have to look out for linesman Matt MacPherson.

The two got tangled up after a faceoff at center ice. 

MacPherson’s foot appeared to get caught up in Jeff Skinner’s stick, sending the linesman sprawling. On his way down, he unfortunately reached out and took Yakupov with him.

Yakupov did not return to the game.