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Did the referees miss the broken stick in Hurricanes’ goal against Rangers?

Free hockey was played at the PNC Arena on Thursday, and it came with some drama.

With the Carolina Hurricanes trailing 2-1 in the final minutes of the third period – and the possibility of a 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers in the series – coach Rod Brind’Amour pulled goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov to score a goal. extra skater hoping to force overtime in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference series in the NHL playoffs.

The move paid off for Brind’Amour, as Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov tapped one into the net with 1:36 left in regulation for the goalkeeper’s goal, tying the game at 2-2 against Rangers.

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However, Svechnikov’s goal wasn’t enough for the Hurricanes to cut the series deficit to one, as Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin called the game less than two minutes into overtime and got one past Kochetkov. With Panarin’s game-winning goal, New York now leads the series 3-0 – its seventh straight postseason victory, tying a franchise record.

Svechnikov scores controversial goal

Svechnikov’s equalizing goal was not without controversy: Sebastian Aho deflected a shot from Brady Skjei and appeared to break his stick. Seconds later, Svechnikov scored the equalizer, with Aho still holding the broken stick.

According to Rule 10.3 of the NHL rule book, “a player whose stick is broken may participate in the game provided he drops the broken stick. A minor penalty will be assessed for a violation of this rule.”

Minor penalties cannot be reviewed, meaning the goal was on the ice as called. Here’s a video of the game, where you can see Aho’s stick breaking in front of the net:

In the end, it didn’t matter with the Rangers win, although it would have been a point of contention if the Rangers had lost in overtime.