The Florida Panthers’ Jonathan Huberdeau entered this season as one of the frontrunners to win the Calder Trophy and it didn’t take him long to make an impression.
The 19-year-old rookie was playing in just his second NHL shift when he was fed the puck while parked in front of Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. Huberdeau shoved the puck between the legs of the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner to score his first goal at 3:37 of the first period.
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That proved to just be the start for what’s developing into a magical first game for Huberdeau. He’s also assisted on Scottie Upshall and Alex Kovalev’s goals as the Panthers maintain a 5-1 lead over the Hurricanes.
Two-for-two: Another successful coach’s challenge as Sens reverse Kane’s goal
Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.
Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.
At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”
Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.
The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.
As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.