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Svechnikov converts lacrosse-style goal in Hurricanes win against Flames

Forward put puck on stick blade, beat Rittich in third period

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Svechnikov's jaw-dropping goal

CGY@CAR: Svechnikov scores lacrosse-style goal

Andrei Svechnikov takes the puck behind the net, lifts it on to his stick and wraps it into the top shelf for a gorgeous lacrosse-style goal

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Many have tried, but Andrei Svechnikov actually pulled off a lacrosse-style goal in an NHL game.

The Carolina Hurricanes forward scored the slick goal in the third period of their 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

The move was made famous by Mike Legg of the University of Michigan in 1996. It had been converted in international, junior and minor-league play, but Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tyler Ennis tried but failed to score lacrosse-style goals in NHL games in 2018 and 2017.

But trailing 1-0 midway through the third period, Svechnikov picked the puck up behind the net and carried it on his stick blade, then tucked it over David Rittich's shoulder. It wowed the fans and his teammates in Carolina.

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"It's unreal to see that go in," Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton said. "I think we were all pretty excited but laughing at the same time."

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said Svechnikov tries the move every day in practice, and sometimes they even work on it together. 

"I actually practiced this move this morning, so it's a great try for me," Svechnikov said. "I practice it with Rod actually a lot. He He passes it to me when I'm going behind the net, and I try that move almost every practice." 

Brind'Amour, who said Svechnikov never misses on lacrosse goals in practice, further applauded his effort the way Rittich was playing

"It was just a matter of time before it was going to happen," Brind'Amour said. "Obviously it was a huge moment when we needed it.

"That's almost what needed to happen to get a goal. It wasn't going to happen any other way. Their goalie played great tonight."

Svechnikov has even tried to teach the move to his Carolina teammates, but they haven't quite picked up on it.

"He was trying to teach me, and I had no chance," Hamilton said. "You need time and space, and it was the perfect opportunity for him. It was awesome."

NHL.com independent correspondent Kurt Dusterberg contributed to this report.

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