The incident occurred during the third period when play was delayed while a linesman came onto the ice to pick up and remove the dead bird.
While the incident was the first of its kind for the Anaheim Ducks organization, it was not the first in the NHL. It is a tradition in Detroit Red Wings history to throw an octopus onto the ice for good luck during the playoffs. Fans in Nashville have tossed catfish, and last season someone threw a salmon onto the ice when the Canucks played the Wild. Even stranger still, Kings announcer Bob Miller supposedly witnessed a game at the Forum in 1988 which went on for 30 seconds while a live chicken was on the ice.
The Ducks still defeated the Sharks 3-2. The Sharks will be in Anaheim next week. Let’s hope no one tries to top the dead duck incident.