WATCH: USA curling Olympians deliver perfect puck 'drop' before NHL outdoor game

The NHL held one of its now-countless outdoor games on Saturday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. But before the Washington Capitals played host to the Toronto Maple Leafs, there was one of the greatest ceremonial puck "drops" you'll ever see at a hockey game.

Fresh off their gold medal win in Pyeongchang, the United States' men's curling team was invited to put its own spin (and sweep) on the opening festivities. Just like they did at the Olympics, John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo delivered with a big-time clutch performance.

Seriously, look how absolutely perfect this shot was.

In fact, it was so perfect that it actually brought out some curling truthers. 

It's tough to tell if the perfect shot was manipulated by a little cheating -- from the sweepers or from an unknown magnetic force -- but it's possible that the conspiracy theorists are onto something. It does seem just a little too good to be true. However, it's hard to imagine the NHL signing off on a secret sub-surface magnet that could possibly compromise the integrity of the ice just for the ceremonial curling shot.

Then again, maybe the NHL had some Olympic envy and wanted to get in on the glory, whatever the cost.

So, was it TOO perfect to be legit, or did America's curling rockstars still have a miracle left in them? We may never know the truth, but sometimes ignorance is bliss. 

Pete Blackburn is from Boston, so there's a good chance you don't like him already. He has been a writer at CBS Sports since 2017 and usually aims to take a humorous and light-hearted approach to the often... Full Bio

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