The Elbow staff
TORONTO, ON – Game two of the World Cup of Hockey final has been forfeited by Canada after the puck got lost in Joe Thornton's beard during the second period.
The incident happened in Canada's offensive zone as Thornton and linemate Matt Duchene were fighting for the puck against Roman Josi and Zdeno Chara.
Among a flurry of sticks, the puck was chipped up and into Thornton's beard, where it became lodged and disappeared completely.
According to NHL rule 76a, "when a puck is lodged and lost in the facial hair of a player, the game shall be ruled in the other team's favour unless the offending team can retrieve the puck."
Several of the team's medical staff spent 10 minutes trying to find the puck, but only managed to lose two sticks in the beard.
The cancellation of the game means that team Europe forces a game three, derailing the bet that Thomas Vanek had going with some buddies at the start of the finals that team Europe would not win one game.
For the deciding game three, it is believed that head coach Ralph Kruger's game plan will consist mostly of his players aiming to shoot the puck into the beard of Thornton and teammate Brent Burns.
The 800 fans in attendance at the Air Canada Centre were all given free tickets to game three on Saturday.