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IS THIS A GREAT HOCKEY PLAY?


Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov scored a so-called “lacrosse goal.” He was behind the net, and he scooped up the puck on his blade and shoveled it over the goalie’s shoulder.

It’s a totally legal goal. Svechnikov’s stick was below the crossbar. The move takes considerable dexterity.

But we’re making too big of a fuss. The “lacrosse goal” isn’t really a hockey play. (It’s a lacrosse play. Duh.)

Sidney Crosby does numerous things every night that involve more hockey skill than a “lacrosse goal” does. The “lacrosse goal” is mere hocus-pocus. Don’t wet your pants.


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