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The NHL has just announced a major change regarding the Canadiens' first goal yesterday

Published March 25, 2024 at 9:49
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Following the goal scored by the young Juraj Slafkovsky last night in Seattle, his first, the NHL announced a major change.

The goal is no longer credited to Slaf. It has been removed from his record and added to Kaiden Guhle's. It's strange because it really seemed like he had touched the puck, but clearly, the league decided otherwise.

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"by the way, the goal is now credited to Guhle."

- Montreal Canadiens


"Ultimately, it was Kaiden Guhle who scored the CH's first goal... making it 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points in the first period." - Marc-Olivier Beaudoin


As journalist Eric Engels from Sportsnet mentions, Slafkovsky seemed quite certain he had touched the puck:

"They weren't sure Slaf touched Guhle's shot from the point, but Slaf seemed quite sure. He led the way to the bench for the celebration.

But the NHL changed the goal to award it to Guhle." - Eric Engels


In short, Juraj Slafkovsky remains at 15 goals, but he still earned his 39th point of the season (and his 8th in 7 games) on the Canadiens' third goal, scored by Nick Suzuki.

What an incredible second half of the season for Juraj!

He has 15 goals and 39 points in 70 games, but he has especially collected 24 points in his last 28 games. We're talking about a pace of 70 points per season, at only 19 years old.

He is having a historic season for a 19-year-old in the history of the Montreal Canadiens!

"With an assist on Nick Suzuki's goal, Juraj Slafkovsky (Habs) tied Mario Tremblay (in 1974-75) for the most points by a teenager in a season in the history of the Montreal Canadiens, and he extended his point streak to 7 games!" - Priyanta Emrith

Special mention also to Kaiden Guhle, who indeed had an absolutely sensational game, after a more difficult outing against the Vancouver Canucks.

Guhle, 22 years old, 16th overall pick in 2020, now has 19 points, including six goals, in 66 games this season. (a -11 differential)

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