Originally written March 03, 2013 on Diehardsport:
Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore was injured on Saturday and so for their game on Sunday, the Panthers had to call up a goalie from the minor leagues.  No problem, Jacob Markstrom is their young goalie prospect that has been getting rave reviews and has already played in the NHL this year.  Markstrom got on a plane to come meet the Panthers for their game against the Carolina Hurricanes, but there was one problem, his equipment didn’t make it.  Because of this, the Florida Panthers 39-year-old goalie coach Rob Tallas took part in warmups and was the emergency backup goalie for the start of the game.  Markstrom’s gear would eventually arrive and he was able to replace Tallas on the bench because of an obscure rule in the NHL CBA. For warmups, #FlaPanthers goalie coach Rob Tallas taking shots with Clemmensen. @j_markstrom is in the house. — David Neal (@DavidJNeal) March 3, 2013 United Airlines didn’t get @j_markstrom equipment to FTL. So, Rob Tallas will dress as emergency backup in warmups & game for #FlaPanthers — David Neal (@DavidJNeal) March 3, 2013 If Markstrom’s equipment arrives during the game, rules say he can dress, replace Tallas. #FlaPanthers — David Neal (@DavidJNeal) March 3, 2013 Robb Tallas, 39, becomes fourth to wear No. 1 in a game for #FlaPanthers … Others: Kevin Weekes, Kirk McLean, ‘Robb’ Luongo @strombone1 — George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) March 3, 2013 @christinezy @hackswithhaggs @friedgehnic Allowed under emergency goalie rule in CBA. Should be called the “Lester Patrick Rule.” — David Neal (@DavidJNeal) March 3, 2013 #FlaPanthers Markstrom is on the bench with 3:08 left in the first. — David Neal (@DavidJNeal) March 3, 2013 so, #FlaPanthers goalie coach Robb Tallas sheds the pads one last time. The memories of his Cats career run deep, I’m sure. — David Neal (@DavidJNeal) March 3, 2013 Tallas played in 99 NHL games, and his last one was for Chicago in the 2000-2001 season.  One of my friends did bring up an interesting point though, how was there not any spare equipment for Markstrom to wear?  Or why couldn’t Markstrom wear the goalie coaches equipment?  He arrived at the rink in time and Markstrom wearing random goalie gear would undoubtedly be better than a 39-year-old goalie coach that last played 12 years ago.  Needless to say it was a pretty bizarre situation, one that Tallas will not soon forget. [Video via: Eye on Hockey]
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