Andrei Svechnikov Scores Lacrosse-style Goal To Stun David Rittich
- Many have tried, but Andrei Svechnikov actually pulled off a lacrosse-style goal in an NHL game.
- The Carolina Hurricanes forward scored the slick goal in the third period of their 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
- The move was made famous by Mike Legg of the University of Michigan in 1996.
- It had been converted in international, junior and minor-league play, but Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tyler Ennis tried but failed to score lacrosse-style goals in NHL games in 2018 and 2017.
- But trailing 1-0 midway through the third period, Svechnikov picked the puck up behind the net and carried it on his stick blade, then tucked it over David Rittich’s shoulder.
- It wowed the fans and his teammates in Carolina.
“It’s unreal to see that go in,” Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton said. “I think we were all pretty excited but laughing at the same time.”
- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said Svechnikov tries the move every day in practice, and sometimes they even work on it together.
“I actually practiced this move this morning, so it’s a great try for me,” Svechnikov said. “I practice it with Rod actually a lot. He He passes it to me when I’m going behind the net, and I try that move almost every practice.”
- Brind’Amour, who said Svechnikov never misses on lacrosse goals in practice, further applauded his effort the way Rittich was playing
“It was just a matter of time before it was going to happen,” Brind’Amour said. “Obviously it was a huge moment when we needed it.
“That’s almost what needed to happen to get a goal. It wasn’t going to happen any other way. Their goalie played great tonight.”
- Svechnikov has even tried to teach the move to his Carolina teammates, but they haven’t quite picked up on it.
- “He was trying to teach me, and I had no chance,” Hamilton said. “You need time and space, and it was the perfect opportunity for him. It was awesome.”
- Petr Mrazek made 28 saves to win his 14th straight home start, including the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, for the Hurricanes (8-3-1).
“There were a lot of chances early in the game, but in the third period, I didn’t think we gave them much,” Mrazek said. “We were pushing hard.”
- Elias Lindholm scored, and Rittich made 26 saves for the Flames (6-6-2).
“They were skating better than us, they were all over us,” Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk said. “We weren’t necessarily sitting back, but they took it to us and had all the momentum in the world, and [Svechnikov] scored an awesome goal there.”
- Lindholm extended his point streak to four games (three goals, one assist). …
- Calgary was held without a power-play goal for the first time in four games. …
- Hamilton had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, three assists). …
- The game marked the 20th anniversary of Carolina’s first home game in Raleigh, a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils at what was then known as the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
Sources & Credits: Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com, Carolina Hurricanes