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'The Svech' Lacrosse-Style Goal Appears in NHL 21

Trailer reveals Svechnikov's signature move

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

If it's in the game, it's in the game.

Andrei Svechnikov made history when he scored the first lacrosse-style goal in National Hockey League history on Oct. 29. Just 49 days later, he did it again.

And now that it's in the game - Filip Forsberg scored his own variant, and Svechnikov even attempted it in overtime of Game 1 against Boston just a few weeks ago - it's in the game NHL 21.

The official trailer for the latest iteration of EA Sports' wildly popular NHL series dropped on Monday, and at the 1:04 mark, following a couple of other signature moves, including Nikita Kucherov's "no shot" breakaway deke and Matthew Tkachuk's between-the-legs goal, Svechnikov's history-making move is replicated in all of its stunning glory.

NHL 21 Official Reveal Trailer

The Svech likely won't be an easy move to pull off. After all, it didn't happen in a real-life NHL game until 2019.

This marks the second straight year that the Carolina Hurricanes have influenced the EA NHL series. The Storm Surge was featured in NHL 20 after the Canes' signature postgame celebration captured the hearts and minds (and ire, in some cases) of the hockey world. Now, you too can score The Svech in NHL 21, which will be released for Xbox One and PS4 on Oct. 16.

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