In Wednesday night’s matchup between the Minnesota Wild and the Ottawa Senators, the puck was directed into the goal off Mikko Koivu’s right skate.
From the NHL:
At 7:21 of the second period in the Wild/Senators game, video review supported the referee’s call on the ice that Mikko Koivu used his right skate to kick the puck into the Ottawa net. According to Rule 49.2 “A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.” No goal Minnesota.
Of course, it went off his skate, but was it a ‘distinct kicking motion’ as the rule requires? It shouldn’t matter. Stephane has the right idea:
I know that the Koivu goal was clearly no goal but I think kicking should be allow in hockey. Everything would be a lot easier to call #nhl
— Stéphane Galipeau (@StephGalip) November 21, 2013
Minnesota went on to win the game 4-3, with Mikko Koivu eventually scoring the game-winner with less than three minutes to go in the third period.