NHL reveals Devils' 1st goal vs. Wild should've been disallowed

Arun Srinivasan
New Jersey Devils forward Jesper Boqvist's first NHL goal shouldn't have counted according to the league office. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

You have to be good to be lucky, the adage goes, but this isn’t the case for the New Jersey Devils.

During the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild, Wayne Simmonds batted a puck down with a high stick, then set up Jesper Boqvist to tie the game at 1-1.

The NHL believes the goal shouldn’t have counted, however, and released the following statement:

Minnesota issued a Coach's Challenge for a missed stoppage event prior to the New Jersey goal at 12:44 of the first period. Since New Jersey's Wayne Simmonds high sticked the puck in the neutral zone and then played the puck in the attacking zone, a missed game stoppage event occurred. Minnesota's challenge should have resulted in the New Jersey goal being disallowed.

Minnesota used its Coach’s Challenge to contest the play over what was determined to be a missed stoppage event, but the original call was upheld and the club was assessed a minor penalty.

In spite of the missed call, the Devils still lost to the Wild by a 3-2 final. Adding insult to injury, it was Boqvist’s first goal of his NHL career.

I guess they’re all memorable, for different reasons.

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