Yep, the very same Gudbranson who scored 1 of Florida's 3 goals - total - heading into the Buffalo match. The move sparked a firestorm of questions from fans and media, as the only answer could be injury, right? Even Erik's dad got into the act hours earlier, pumped for the match:
From the SoFla media, moments before start:
Jeez, Gudbransonn was scratched. Robak with Olsen #flapanthers— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) October 17, 2014
It should be noted that Yahoo Sports, ESPN (yeah, I know) and even NHL.com corroborated the scratch. So Harvey and George are of course off the hook. We retweeted George's initial post.
Then it got strange, since a certain number 44 turned out to be on the ice...
Well SOMEONE is wearing 44 for #FlaPanthers— Donny Rivette (@LitterBoxCats) October 17, 2014
Both NHL and Yahoo boxscores have #FlaPanthers Guds scratched. Hope someone isn't guilty of submitting an incorrect lineup...— Donny Rivette (@LitterBoxCats) October 17, 2014
And the winner:
Holy crap. Guddys playing. Lineup card wrong. #FlaPanthers— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) October 17, 2014
In the end, Gudbranson played and Robak sat. Again. So what we have here is either an incorrect roster submitted to game officials (which could be trouble down the road for Florida coach Gerard Gallant), or media material was inaccurate. Stay tuned as we'll be here tomorrow and every night as GuddyGate rolls on...