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We may have witnessed the goal of the 2019-20 NHL season on Tuesday night when Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov pulled off a lacrosse-style “Michigan” goal in the team’s 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames.
After getting fed by center Lucas Wallmark and retrieving the puck from behind the net, the 19-year old picked up the puck with his stick and tucked it past Flames goaltender David Rittich above his left shoulder at the top corner with little space to work with.
The goal tied the game 9:13 into the third period. Svechnikov added a power-play goal 3:22 later, which would be the eventual game-winner.
Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov tried to pull this move off in a 4-2 win at the New York Rangers on March 26, 2018, but couldn’t finish it.
As you could see, these goals are hard to find in today’s NHL and it is impressive that a player as young as Svechnikov was able to be the first to succeed at doing so in a long time.
By Harrison Brown