The greatest goal to be ever waved off





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Published on Jan 13, 2011

Philadelphia Flyers @ Buffalo Sabres, 2011-01-11. James van Riemsdyk scores a goal which left Jeff Carter's stick, was redirected by Claude Giroux in mid-air, bounced off Ryan Miller's glove and off JVR's own foot, all without ever touching the ice.

Unfortunately, the Referee ruled that Claude Giroux played the puck with a high-stick, which is questionable as it appears that contact was made at his shoulder-height. Further things get complicated by Miller touching the puck which could have negated the high stick, though the NHL rulebook is rather ambiguous about that.

It is just a very pretty goal, that will never count.

Relevant rules:

80.1 High-sticking the Puck -- Batting the puck above the normal height of the shoulders with a stick is prohibited. When a puck is struck with a high stick and subsequently comes into the possession and control of a player from the offending team (including the player who made contact with the puck), either directly or deflected off any player or official,there shall be a whistle.

When a puck has been contacted by a high stick, the play shall be permitted to continue, provided that:

(i) the puck has been batted to an opponent (when a player bats the puck to an opponent, the Referee shall give the "washout" signal immediately. Otherwise, he will stop the play).

(ii) a player of the defending side shall bat the puck into his own goal in which case the goal shall be allowed.

Cradling the puck on the blade of the stick (like lacrosse) above the normal height of the shoulders shall be prohibited and a stoppage of play shall result. If this is done by a player on a penalty shot or shootout attempt, the shot shall be stopped immediately and considered complete.

80.3 Disallowed Goal -- When an attacking player causes the puck to enter the opponent's goal by contacting the puck above the height of the crossbar, either directly or deflected off any player or official, the goal shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed.

A goal scored as a result of a defending player striking the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame into his own goal shall be allowed.

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