Paul Bissonnette believes Senators intentionally turned off lights during game against Maple Leafs
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Paul Bissonnette believes Senators intentionally turned off lights during game against Maple Leafs

His conspiracy theory:



Last night in the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, a weird incident took place in the dying moments of the third frame when the lights went out during play.

This prompted former NHLer Paul Bissonnette, a huge Maple Leafs’ fan, to claim that the Senators had intentionally turned off the lights during a critical play to distract Toronto and goalie Martin Jones, who had to take over the crease when started Joseph Woll was injured.

According to Biz, the Senators’ aim was to distract Jones during an extra-attacker situation when Toronto was holding on to a 4-3 lead with seconds to go. He compared it to tactics that could be pulled by NFL coach Bill Belichick and even demanded an investigation by the NHL and commissioner Gary Bettman. He wants the Senators to lose another first-round pick for what he calls the Flicker Gate. 

Bissonnette wrote:

“The Senators tried to flicker the lights on Martin Jones mid-play with the extra attacker to distract him. Gary needs to look into that. Take another draft pick away. That’s Belichick-type stuff.”

Adding: “I’m not dropping this either. The NHL and Gary need to look into #FlickerGate. They should lose at least a 1st rounder for “forgetting” to pay the hydro bill. What does honorary Leaf for the night @MarcMethot3 think about this??? I want justice.”

He was back at it on Friday morning, demanding answers even adding the hashtag Flickergate.

The thing is that Senators’ Jake Sanderson is the first and only one to react when the lights go out as he rises his hand in disbelief. He was the one with puck possession and had attempted to shoot at Jones in order to tie the game. I am not sure he enjoyed getting distracted, as Biz puts it, when firing a shot at the net… Jones stopped nine of the ten shots that he faced with a save percentage of .900.

I simply cannot get on board with this conspiracy theory, Biz. How about you?

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