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Video: Holden scores rare kicked goal that counts

Apr 5, 2014, 4:14 PM EST

Typically if a player kicks the puck and it ends up in the back of the net, the goal is disallowed. There are exceptions to that rule though, as Colorado’s Nick Holden demostrated during today’s game against St. Louis.

With the Avalanche already up 2-0 in the second period, Blues goaltender Ryan Miller coughed up a juicy rebound and Holden charged the crease, knocking the puck in with his skate. After a lengthy review, the goal counted:

As touched on at the end of the video, the puck actually hits Blues forward Steve Ott‘s stick before crossing the line.

As NHL.com pointed out, Rule 49.2 states, “A kicked puck that deflects off the stick of any player (excluding the goalkeeper’s stick) shall be ruled a good goal.”

In other words, had Ott not attempted to stop the goal with his stick, Holden’s wouldn’t have ended up with the marker.

  1. thomasvanek - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    BS call

    • esracerx46 - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      It was pretty clear in the explanation why it counted. With a few minutes left its 4-0 Colorado. Sure 2-0 is a lot different than 3-0, but with St. Louis failing to score it doesn’t appear the goal mattered that much.

      • wannabebluesplayer - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        No, but to say no kicking the puck in, except if it goes off a players stick (except the goalie) no matter the player, that’s a little strange. On top of that, if you actually watch the play, there is no way that puck physically touched Ott’s stick. Yes, it looks as if it does because his stick blade is over the puck, but it would have stopped. It didn’t.

      • thomasvanek - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Sorry let me correct myself… BS rule

  2. wannabebluesplayer - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    The NHL continues to show why it’s bush league.

    • Professor Fate - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Right, that one weird goal is why your team got schooled six ways from Sunday.

  3. csilojohnson - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    The rule makes sense. The kick is a pass/deflection if it goes off a players stick. The kick is a shot if it goes off goalie. You cant shoot the puck with a kicking motion…

  4. mp1131211 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    The announcer made a fool of himself by criticizing Holden for missing it.

  5. koyoteken - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    they should just get rid of the kicking rule altogether…

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