The news of the day might be the Montreal Canadiens' victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night, but all eyes were on Jeff Petry.
Following a time out due to an injury, Petry returned to the rink for game two of the series sporting a new look: crimson bloodshot eyes.
Naturally, this shot of the defenceman's face became an instant meme.
@TicTacTOmar In celebration of Canada’s team we are lighting up Jeff Petry’s eyes in Habs colours.— Sean Butler (@Sean Butler) 1623893983.0
The haunting stare left some Twitter users wondering whether Petry's time away was spent training to become a Sith lord or conjuring the devil.
Did Jeff Petry make a deal with satan before this game? https://t.co/VThX7O2r5t— ryan 👻 (@ryan 👻) 1623892773.0
Or perhaps it was something a little more mundane...
The truth behind Jeff Petry's eyes https://t.co/EhgeUqNfJS— big time fan of hockey, the least stupid of sports (@big time fan of hockey, the least stupid of sports) 1623892092.0
@ChrisFariaTO @TicTacTOmar Literally all the players on the ice when Jeff Petry touches the puck: https://t.co/lD2unwVvoD— honkai depression train (@honkai depression train) 1623893527.0
His wife Julie Petry eventually took to her Instagram story to explain what was happening.
therapist: game 2 jeff petry isn't real; he can't hurt you game 2 jeff petry: https://t.co/3glbTt9LDq— not sasha barkov is on vacation (@not sasha barkov is on vacation) 1623893251.0
Every Canadiens player looking down the bench at Jeff Petry rn https://t.co/yrFFRizL6o— Petrov McGuire (@Petrov McGuire) 1623893632.0
"No, it's not allergies. No, it's not after a couple nights in Vegas. No, it's not bloodshot because he's tired. No, they don't hurt or bother him," she wrote.
My face when I'm casually watching the game and then they cut to a shot of Jeff Petry's red eyes #GoHabsGo https://t.co/YxSVILC4Ux— The Ghost of Corina Past (@The Ghost of Corina Past) 1623893957.0
"All this related to his 'upper body injury,' but let me tell you he looks a LOT better than he did a week ago."
Good to see Jeff Petry back in the lineup https://t.co/JBqwCASnIb— HabsLinks (@HabsLinks) 1623892830.0
Julie Petry also participated in the social media fun, sharing some of her favourite memes of her husband.