Now that the dust has settled on the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup loss, Habs fans have pointed out that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's uniform looked suspiciously inflated in a post-game photo.
And since we all know Habs fans are the calmest and most level-headed hockey fans out there, the question is: did Vasilevskiy really use illegal goalie equipment or is this a nonsense complaint from sad and angry Canadiens fans?
The photo in question, posted on TSN's official Instagram page, shows Carey Price and Vasilevskiy standing face to face with Vasilevskiy looking awfully puffed up compared to Price — from the viewer's perspective, at least.
Following Wednesday's game, several Habs fans took to Twitter with unfounded accusations of illegal equipment.
Did Tampa hoard an extra player inside Vasilevskiy’s equipment? That’s so typical. Cheater franchise. https://t.co/CRSAIigOjO— juno (@juno)1625717099.0
Some also employed their meme and photoshop skills.
It honestly is a little suspicious https://t.co/kYiXz0Hpve— juno (@juno)1625780010.0
The rules about goalie equipment measurements in the Official NHL Rulebook are very specific, however, and it's unlikely that Vasilevskiy would be able to get away with additional material.
Okay wait tho @nhl …..Ummm that is not a 5 pound difference ??? https://t.co/rltFqxMVQo— Grant 🌊 (@Grant 🌊)1625714729.0
Calgary Flames goalie Louis Domingue also seems to have put the conspiracy to rest.
Beyond well deserved. 🦁 Andrei Vasilevskiy is your Conn Smythe Trophy winner!!! https://t.co/YdqMLqbtWr— Tampa Bay Lightning (@Tampa Bay Lightning)1625713410.0
Speaking to Mario Langlois on 98.5 Montréal's Les Amateurs de sports, Domingue insisted that Vasilevskiy "doesn't have a bigger chest protector than anyone else."
"The only difference is that he wears it on the outside of his pants."
The Flames goalie also theorized that the camera angle exaggerated the size of the gear.
Domingue called the conspiracy "frustrating."
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