Odd Zamboni incident causes huge delay in Red Wings game

Watch as the Zamboni in Detroit mangles the ice at Joe Louis Arena leading to a delay in the game between the Red Wings and New York Islanders.

Prior to the third period of Saturday’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders, there was a lengthy delay due to something you don’t see every day.

The ice at the east end of the rink was damaged after one of the Zambonis picked up some debris.

According to the Red Wings TV broadcast, the Zamboni picked up a marsh peg – which helps keep the nets in place – and it caused a massive gash in the ice between the blue line and crease.


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After some repairs and the approval from team captains Henrik Zetterberg and John Tavares the game eventually resumed. The delay lasted approximately 33 minutes and NHL officials decided the teams would switch ends following the first stoppage in play after the 10-minute mark of the period.

The Red Wings had a 4-0 lead heading into the period and ended up winning the game 5-1.

At least the Zamboni driver had some company throughout the entire ordeal.