The whole idea of hockey is to put the puck in the net… though sometimes the net’s not exactly where it’s supposed to be.
Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher scored Saturday night with the net off its moorings. Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen pushed the post off its peg with his right skate while lunging to make a save. He got a piece of the puck and all of the post. The net popped off, but the puck bounced across the goal line.
Referee Tim Peel immediately signaled a goal on the play. A quick video review confirmed the call.
From the NHL:
At 7:24 of the third period in the Maple Leafs/Canadiens game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Toronto net.
The Referee awarded a goal to Montreal according to Rule 63.6 which states “In the event that the goal post is displaced, either deliberately or accidentally, by a defending player, prior to the puck crossing the goal line between the normal position of the goalposts, the Referee may award a goal.”
Good goal Montreal.