Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov spitting water out
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Goaltender Gets Pulled After Giving Up Goal From The Neutral Zone

Published February 8, 2024 at 10:24 PM
BY GRAHAM MONTGOMERY
     
Tonight we saw a goaltender make one of the cardinal sins of goaltending, letting in a puck from the neutral zone.

Kochetkov Gives Up Goal From Neutral Zone Against Colorado Avalanche



The young netminder seemed to be anticipating the puck going into the corner when suddenly it entered the net behind him, much to the surprise of everyone. It seemed as though the goaltender lost sight of the puck after Avalanche defenseman Sam Girard lifted it in from the neutral zone.




Making matters worse is the fact that the Avalanche had just scored literally five seconds prior to the goal. Making it even worse is the fact that both of these goals came with less than a minute left in the period. In fact, they became the fastest two goals scored in Avalanche history.

*Fastest two goals in FRANCHISE history!

Sam Girard's goal was officially changed to 19:38 meaning the two goals were scored five seconds apart.


Hurricanes Forced To Make Multiple Goalie Swaps In The Same Game



Some were surprised by the fact that the Hurricanes switched goalies after the first period. However, given how the first period ended, it is reasonable that Rob Brind'Amour would want a change in net.


However, you can't always get what you want. At some point in the second period, Raanta suffered a lower-body injury. While he was able to complete the frame, he did not come out for the 3rd, meaning Kochetkov was back in net.


Oddly enough, the moves worked as the Hurricanes netminders would combine to give up zero goals through the final 40 minutes of the game. Following the contest, Brind'Amour had no update on Raanta's status, noting that he would be re-evaluated tomorrow. Stay tuned for an update on the goaltender's status.


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