As he had done most of Saturday night, Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen stopped the dark object sailing toward him.
But, in the final, strange instance, the puck dribbled past him to the left — to the net — giving the Arizona Coyotes a 2-1 shootout victory over Anaheim at Gila River Arena.
The black blade cover on Arizona forward Shane Doan's stick broke off on contact with the puck. The blade went flying at Andersen's chest and distracted him from the thing he intended to glove.
"The blade of the stick ended up going [my] way and the puck went the other way," Andersen said. "Too bad you don't get a save for saving a blade. It happened so fast....