The majority of NHL fans are probably used to seeing things out of the ordinary more than most.

Hockey fans are regularly treated to an array of epic hits during matches, not to mention the fights and injuries that can be witnessed also.

But this latest happening Tuesday night at the Detroit Red Wings home game may just have topped all of those combined.

To put it bluntly, a hockey goalie was almost hit by a octopus during the national anthem.

That's right, that good old fashioned tradition that the Red Wings have of throwing an octopus on the ice pre-game almost caught out the opposition goalie.

Everything happened during the national anthem Tuesday against the Boston Bruins as the visitors blanked Detroit 3-0 to go 2-1 up in the first round playoff series.

But pre-game, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask flinched after an octopus was thrown from the crowd and landed on the ice mere inches away from him.

If it was a ploy from the home fans to intimidate the opposition goalie it didn't work, as the Bruins man shutout the Red Wings.

For the incident in all its glory, view above. 

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