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Video: Pavelski’s controversial shootout winner

Dec 1, 2013, 2:36 AM EDT

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It was creative and perhaps controversial.

Joe Pavelski scored the shootout winner to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in a Pacific Division showdown, however the move he used stirred up the Twitterverse and apparently the Ducks, as well.

Pavelski came into the zone, then quickly slammed on the breaks at the hash marks, then continued forward and ripped a shot past Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller.

According to the NHL rulebook, under Rule 24 – Penalty Shot, “The puck must be kept in motion towards the opponent’s goal line and once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete.”

Below is a video clip of the goal. Beneath that are the post-game comments of Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf.

  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    If the spin-o-rama is accepted then so is this. They want to talk about controversy, what about the third man in rule that they paid no attention too and some how gave the ducks a power play for it?

    • thewardoctor - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:38 AM

      in a spin o rama they are still moving not a dead stop and puck and then pick up his feet to move again

      • sw19womble - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        In a spinorama, is the puck still “in motion towards the goal line” throughout the entirety of the move?

        Pavelski didn’t put his stick on the puck, stop (for three seconds?!?, as some timelord below seems to think) then pick his spot. The puck was still gliding forward all the time.

        The rule doesn’t say anything about how fast (or slow) the puck must be travelling – and I bet there have been hundreds of penalty shots where the puck was travelling sideways for a good portion of the lead-up….

    • imleftcoast - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      The problem is that it’s inconsistent. The selling point of the shootout is that it is final.

    • mariagjones - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      my best friend’s aunt makes 78 usd hourly on the laptop. She has been fired for 7 months but last month her check was 15766 usd just working on the laptop for a few hours. look at here…..
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  2. hockeygod2893 - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Nothing wrong with what he did.

    • bluenotekid - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      According to the rules it shouldn’t have counted. He did stop and he brought the puck backwards while in the motion of taking the shot. I look at this rule like I did with the skater in the crease rule. Just another stupid rule made for some stupid reason.

      • ToonForever - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:59 AM

        Watch the video and read the rule. The player can do whatever, as long as the “puck” never stops moving toward the goal. Nothing wrong with the shot – puck never stops moving.

  3. gil1930 - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Don’t watch his feet — watch the puck. It does not stop moving forward other than the necessary zigzag in stickhandling.

    • thewardoctor - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:39 AM

      it stops moving for like three seconds as soon as he stops it stops

      • stakex - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Yet again a fan blinded by their own bias…. what a surprise.

      • bigblackzaranek - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        If that’s three seconds l, you must tell your old lady you can go for like 5 minutes…

      • winger77 - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        it never stops. it’s moving the whole time, just very slowly.

      • ToonForever - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:00 AM

        Three seconds? Jay-zus – what an idjit.

    • looseifher - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      anyone who has issues with Pavelski’s goal has to take issues with Bonino’s shot as well… same stick handling without the snow shower

    • bluenotekid - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Take your own advice. Watch the puck. He does stop and even takes the puck backwards while whipping the shot.

      • ToonForever - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:01 AM

        If by backwards you mean forward toward the goal. Next time actually open your eyes while you watch…

  4. shutyourfivehole - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Of course the Ducks take issue with it. They lost. Corey Perry took issue with the slashing call against him when he took Couture’s arm off at the wrist with his two-handed

    • sjsblitz - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:08 AM

      Funny thing is after he received the penalty he washed his gloves in the officials face

  5. Stiller43 - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Puck didnt stop or go backwards. I dont see why this is controversial at all

    • bluenotekid - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Yes it did chief.

  6. bluenotekid - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    This is the problem with hockey. Too many stupid rules that rely on officials. And no one wants a game that is relied upon the judgement of the officials.

  7. jhuck92 - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    The Ducks wouldn’t have said anything if he missed it.

  8. zimacc88 - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Technically he pulls the puck back but lots of shooters do that on their shoot out attempts.
    I’ve seen similar attempts allowed to stand so I guess it’s really a judgement call by the officials.
    I think the larger point that’s made evident here is how much of a sideshow these shootouts are. Ideally, we’d see games end by a goal being scored through conventional (or at least 4 on 4) play. Next best, if there had to be a shoot out, the attempts would be more in line with what we see during a conventional in-game breakaway. No player would ever stop and restart like Pavelski did during the course of normal play. Not unless he wanted to be handing his teeth to the trainer after he woke up.

  9. shortsxit34 - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Circus shot, but par for the course.

    The GMs have finally realized what most of us have said from the beginning: Games shouldn’t be decided by shootouts. Now that they see the mess they’ve created, they’re trying to modify overtime just to avoid so many games going to shootouts.

    • paperkid96 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Amen. End the shootout and there will be no controversy. Shootout and the 3rd point are bad for hockey.

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