John Carlson scores on one of the most bizarre plays you will ever see

J.J. Regan
NBC Sports Washington

YOU CAN WATCH THE BIZARRE GOAL IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE.

A collapsing net, a trapped goalie and a coach's challenge over a goalie who was never touched. Yeah, there's a lot to unpack here.

John Carlson tied Tuesday's game against the Vancouver Canucks on one of the strangest plays you will ever see.

Nicklas Backstrom had the puck behind the net and was pressured by Canucks forward Nic Dowd. He muscled his way through Dowd who knocked into his own net, sending it tipping onto goalie Jacob Markstrom, but not off its moorings.

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Markstrom could not move with a net falling on top of him, so defenseman Michael Del Zotto came to his aid to try and tip the net back down onto the ice. With Del Zotto in the goalie's face, that of course presented an ideal opportunity for Carlson who fired a slap shot through Markstrom for the goal.

You can watch a replay of the goal above.

The sad part about this play for Del Zotto is if he had just let the net fall, the play would have been whistled dead.

The Canucks were displeased. So was Vancouver head coach Travis Green who challenged for goalie interference.

But here's the thing, goalie interference on whom?

Watch the replay again. There are no red jerseys anywhere near Markstrom. No one touched him. The only person who interfered with him was Del Zotto, his own teammate. Perhaps Green thought Backstrom pushing Dowd into the net qualified, but that's a stretch.

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No Caps player came into contact with Markstrom, they did not push any Canuck player into Markstrom and no one was in the crease.

There's no rule that really addresses something like this. You know why? Because nothing like this happens.

Enjoy it hockey fans, it will be a long time before you see a goal like this again.

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