Jesper Boqvist’s Goal Stands After Wild Lose Challenge For Wayne Simmonds’ High Stick


  • The New Jersey Devils got a gift goal, but still couldn’t win.
  • Kaapo Kahkonen made 32 saves in his NHL debut, defenseman Ryan Suter scored the winner early in the third period and the suddenly hot Minnesota Wild beat the Devils 3-2 on Tuesday night at Prudential Center in Newark in a game the NHL said New Jersey got credit for a goal that should not have counted.
  • The controversy centered on Jesper Boqvist’s first NHL goal.
  • It tied the score 1-all in the first period and it was allowed to stand despite a challenge by Boudreau, who claimed the play should have been blown dead before the goal because Devils forward Wayne Simmonds played the puck with a high stick in center-ice and then played it again in the offensive zone without anyone else touching it.
  • The NHL admitted Boqvist’s goal should have been overturned when Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau challenged the tally due to an earlier high stick that went uncalled, according to’s Chris Ryan.



“Minnesota issued a coach’s challenge for a missed stoppage event prior to the New Jersey goal at 12:44 of the first period,” the league said in a statement. “Since New Jersey’s Wayne Simmonds high-sticked the puck in the neutral zone and then played the puck in the attacking zone, a missed game stoppage event occurred.

“Minnesota’s challenge should have resulted in the New Jersey goal being disallowed.”

  • Referee Brad Meier apologized to the Wild bench at the start of the second period.

“At least they admitted it,” Wild defenseman Ryan Suter told The Athletic’s Michael Russo postgame. “I give them a lot of credit. A lot of guys, they don’t admit to their mistakes.”

  • Fortunately, the Wild won the game 3-2 in regulation, nullifying the mistake.

“I didn’t need the league to tell me they made a mistake,” said Boudreau, whose team blew third-periods leads in recent overtime losses to the Bruins and Rangers. “But they said the league made a mistake and that was it. We knew the rule and we called it and I was a little shocked when they said … I think they said it’s an unchallengeable thing.”

  • Besides the Boqvist goal, Kyle Palmieri tallied on a power play as the Devils continued to alternate good games and bad games.
  • Louis Domingue, making his second straight start, had 26 saves.

“I don’t think there is a ton of bad things in our game. I just think we didn’t do enough,” said Palmieri, who has nine goals. “The scoreboard shows it. That was a team they were in the second half of a back to back. They hung on and defended and we couldn’t find a way to score.”

  • While the Wild were protecting the lead, the NHL issued a statement saying Boqvist’s earlier goal should not have counted because the referees failed to uphold a challenge by Wild coach Bruce Boudreau against Wayne Simmonds playing the puck with a high stick before the goal.
  • It didn’t matter.
  • The Wild, who blew third-period leads in their last two games, held on.
  • The Wild took leads in each of the first two periods only to see the Devils tie the score.
  • Parise, who helped the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead 5:30 after the opening faceoff by tipping a power-play shot by Suter past Domingue.
  • It came 4 seconds after Blake Coleman was penalized.
  • Boqvist tied it with his first NHL goal as his shot from the top of the right circle appeared to hit of the stick of Minnesota center Luke Kunin.
  • Boudreau didn’t challenge the goal.
  • He challenged Simmonds playing the puck in center ice with a high stick and then playing it in the offensive zone.
  • Referees Brad Meier and Mitch Dunning looked at the videotape and ruled it a good goal at 12:44.

“Since New Jersey’s Wayne Simmonds high sticked the puck in the neutral zone and then played the puck in the attacking zone, a missed game stoppage event occurred,” the league said in a statement released during the third period. “Minnesota’s challenge should have resulted in the New Jersey goal being disallowed.”

  • Greenway scored on a breakaway midway through the second period to put the Wild back in front.
  • A little more than three minutes later, Palmieri scored his ninth of the season, redirecting a cross-ice, power-play pass by Taylor Hall into an open net.
NHL Highlights | Wild vs. Devils – Nov. 26, 2019

Sources & Credits: By Associated Press

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