Ice hockey – Kurashev scores controversial NHL goal


The Bernese scored the winning goal in overtime against Montreal (3-2). The video of the sequence was viewed several times by the referees.

Philipp Kurashev (23) ended the Chicago-Montreal game in overtime.

Philipp Kurashev (23) ended the Chicago-Montreal game in overtime.


Three Swiss have improved their personal statistics in the NHL championship, which presented eleven matches overnight from Thursday to Friday.

At the United Center, where Chicago beat Montreal in overtime (3-2), Philipp Kurashev (22) scored the winning goal on the breakaway in the 63rd minute.

A controversial goal that required the analysis of the images to the video for two reasons.

The Bernese center player, who entered the Quebec defensive zone before the puck, was he offside?

Kuashev (in red) entered the Montreal zone before the puck.

Kuashev (in red) entered the Montreal zone before the puck.

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As he was in possession of the puck, the referees ruled not, faithful to the rules.

The posts of goalkeeper Samuel Montembeault having been moved before the puck crossed the line, was the success valid?

The referees ruled that Mike Hofmann (in white) moved the cage.

The referees ruled that Mike Hofmann (in white) moved the cage.

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The game directors estimated that the cage moved under the impact of a Habs forward and validated the Chicago center’s third goal of the campaign.

A decision that aroused the ire of Dominique Ducharme, the head coach of the Canadiens: « It looks like we moved the goal. I see it’s red.»

A 38th point for Josi

At Bridgestone Arena, where Nashville lost to Buffalo (1-4), Roman Josi (31) was credited with an assist on the Predators’ only goal, awarded to Ontario forward Matt Duchene on the power play .

The Bernese defender has a record of 38 points, including 12 goals, in 36 starts.

A 22nd point for Hischier

At the UBS Arena in New York, New Jersey faced defeat against the Islanders (3-2). Involved in the Devils’ second achievement in power play, Valais center Nico Hischier (23) picked up a 22nd point since the start of the 2021-2022 season.

His teammate, Zurich defender Jonas Siegenthaler (24), returned a -1 card in the 22’06 spent on the playing area.

Merzlikins bleached

At the PNC Arena in Raleigh, Nino Niederreiter (29) had a difficult outing with Carolina, surprised by Columbus (6-0). The Grison right winger finished the match with a differential of -3. In the other camp, Zurich fullback Dean Kukan (28) skated for 15’47 (+2).

The hero of the duel was ex-Lugano goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins (27). The Swiss-licensed Latvian made 31 saves and picked up a 10th shutout across the Atlantic.

At the Canada Life Center in Winnipeg, Detroit was crunched by the Jets (3-0). Lined up for 14’29 with the Red Wings, Zurich center Pius Suter spent two minutes in jail and posted a -3.

At the SAP Center in San Jose, the Rangers took both points (0-3). Sharks Appenzell right winger Timo Meier (25) was on the ice when the New Yorkers scored twice.

NHL. Thursday’s matches.

Chicago – Montreal 3-2 a.m.

Boston – Philadelphia 3-2

Los Angeles – Pittsburgh 6-2

San Jose – NY Rangers 0-3

Tampa Bay-Vancouver 4-2

NY Islanders – New Jersey 3-2

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