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07-12-2012, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by VanIslander View Post
Entire games used to be 'phantom' played back in the early days. I recall reading about a Rangers game that couldn't be played in the early thirties because of some scheduling issue and the short term backup venue plans fell through so Lester Patrick fudged the paperwork, the players got paid anyway, and the league recorded a game that hadn't been played. I believe it was in Selke's memoirs.
That's a mad story. But the situation is very different in this case.

Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Stats are generated from the official game sheets. Hypothetical situation - if Richard skated in the warm-up and appears on the game sheet, sits on the bench but does not play he might be described as missing the game but would be included as a skater who was eligible to play.
Very good point. Yes, that's a possible explanation. I happen to be aware of a case like this in the 1998 IIHF Super Cup, so it's anything but unthinkable.

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