Illegal shootout goal allowed to stand as the game winner

Published April 21, 2022 at 6:30 PM

There's been plenty of discussion this year about what constitutes a legal move in the shootout. We've seen players attempt to bend the rules as much as possible to give themselves a competitive advantage. Players like Patrick Kane and Evgeny Kuznetsov come in at a snails pace, with the puck barely moving forward.

Last night we saw another questionable goal allowed, but this move was in clear violation of the rule. Buffalo Sabres' top prospect Jack Quinn scored an absolutely beautiful goal in the shootout for the Rochester Americans last night. The goal has drawn a lot of attention, but mostly because it was likely an illegal goal.

While there's no denying that Quinn puts on a stick handling clinic there's debate as to whether or not the goal should count as he appears to travel sideways or even backwards before shooting the puck past the prone netminder. The rule for the shootout is that the puck must remain in constant motion towards the goal line, while not only does he move it horizontally, it appears he also moves backwards on the play.

Here's the video here you be the Judge:

April 21   |   218 answers
Illegal shootout goal allowed to stand as the game winner

Should this Jack Quinn goal have been disallowed?

Yes13260.6 %
No8639.4 %
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