Marian Gaborik's goal at 11:42 of the second period in the Blue Jackets/Devils game was scored in a legal fashion. Gaborik knocked the puck out of the air with his stick below the normal height of his shoulders, and subsequently shot the puck into the New Jersey net. According to rule 80.1, "Batting the puck above the normal height of the shoulders with a stick is prohibited." Since Gaborik regained possession of the puck before shooting it into the net, the height of his stick in relation to the crossbar is not a factor. Good goal Columbus.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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