Was Briere’s Shoot-out Goal Legal? NHL says “Yes” based on Precedence.
Big controversy on Thursday night as Danny Briere scored a shoot-out goal where he came to a complete stop before putting the puck past Florida’s goaltender Johan Hedberg.
Briere put on the brakes – hard – and weaved around Hedberg for the Flyers’ only shootout goal in their loss to the Devils. Officials reviewed the play, since you’re not allowed to stop forward momentum, but eventually ruled it a goal, even though Danny did, um, stop.
Panther’s coach Pete DeBoer was livid, saying that both Briere and the puck stopped completely before advancing toward goal.
Officials in the War Room in Toronto took a while to analyze it, but when Coach Bombay called to say the goal was legit based on a similar goal in seasons past, the NHL allowed Briere’s goal to stand.
Here’s is the video evidence provided by Coach Bombay:
Put it in, Luis!!!