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LATEST | Unusual scene after the Canucks attempt a bold strategy: Opponent awarded an automatic goal mid period

Published December 29, 2023 at 8:55 PM
BY FELIP GOSSELIN
     
The Canucks weren't playing today, but the Abbotsford Canucks were very much in action. Like their Vancouver affiliate, they weren't much of an offensive producer against the Flames' AHL club, and the team's head coach attempted a very bold strategy.

PULLING THE GOALIE IN THE MIDDLES A PERIOD?

Down 3-0, the Canucks called Arturs Silovs to the bench for the extra attacker during a power play with over 10 minutes left on the clock. Unfortunately, they couldn't capitalize, but even worse, Vasily Podkolzin turned the puck over, leading to the opponent flying on a breakaway.

Podkozlin tried to chase him down, but he caught a penalty while attempting to stop him from scoring. According to the NHL's rulebook, a player can't be given a penalty shot if the goalie leaves the bench for an extra attacker. Which, therefore, results in an automatic goal:


Jeremy Colliton pulls Silovs for the 6-on-4 advantage on the powerplay with 12 minutes left in the period.

Vasily Podkolzin immediately gives the puck away and hooks Clark Bishop while on the backcheck, giving the Wranglers an incredibly rare automatic goal. #Canucks


It was a wild call to empty the net with over ten minutes on the clock. Had it paid off, Colliton would've been called a genius. Unfortunately for them, it hurt more than it helped.
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LATEST | Unusual scene after the Canucks attempt a bold strategy: Opponent awarded an automatic goal mid period

Would you have pulled your goalie mid-period to spark your offence?

Yes16135.4 %
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