SUnlight blinds Ottawa Senators goalie Joonas Korpisalo
(Screenshot/ Monumental Sports)

We’ve never seen this at a hockey game before.

Sunlight entered Capital One Arena during Sunday’s NHL game between the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators. The sun’s rays were so strong that they affected Senators goalie Joonas Korpisalo’s vision.

During the opening period, Korpisalo complained to the referee about his impacted vision, which caused a stoppage in play. It was soon determined that sunlight entering through one of the arena’s upper gates was blinding him.

Check out the wild scene below:

There’s something funny about the players all standing together looking up at the source of light:

NHL players staring at sunlight at Capital One Arena
(Screenshot/ Monumental Sports)

Capitals fans who were in attendance told Gino Hard they’d never seen something like this at Capital One Arena. The stadium is low and surrounded by buildings just as tall as the arena itself.

The Capitals vs. Senators game was an afternoon game, however, which likely increased the chances for something like this to happen.

This game was supposed to be a celebration for Capitals blueliner John Carlson, who was playing his 1,000th NHL game. Now, April 7th, 2024 is entrenched in NHL history for a completely different reason.

Following another year of missing the postseason, could this be the light at the end of the tunnel for Senators fans?