Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild – October 3, 2013

Just over a minute into the first period at Xcel Energy Center, Matt Cooke appeared to kick the puck past netminder Jonathan Quick and into the net.  After a review, the league determined the puck deflected off Cooke’s skate in a legal manner – without a distinct kicking motion.

As referee Francis Charron announced, it’s a good goal.

According to Rule 49.2:

A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player’s skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal. A puck that is directed into the net by an attacking player’s skate shall be a legitimate goal as long as no distinct kicking motion is evident

Probably not how he imagined he’d score his first goal with the Wild, but Cooke  


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will take it.