The first goal of the night, for the Chicago Blackhawks, came on a slap shot from Hawks rookie Trevor van Riemsdyk. It was his first goal of his career, and started a three goal barrage from three different Chicago defensemen, in a single period. This was the first time since an 8-1 beating of the Edmonton Oilers on November 27, 1992. The Hawks won the game 5-2.
Less than 24 hours later, the NHL changed everything.
While looking at the goal, the NHL took away TVR’s first goal and gave it to Kris Versteeg, one of the two Chicago players standing in front of Sharks goalie Antti Niemi. It was Versteeg’s 109th career goal. TVR himself looked perplexed when everyone came towards him to hug him in celebration. He even pointed to both Jonathan Toews and Kris Versteeg, the two Hawks in front of the net. I was at the game and I even thought the goal went off of Versteeg, by looking at the play and relplays, and also the movement of the goalie, Niemi reacted as if it had changed direction.
Not only did the NHL erase TVR from his first goal, but now it also took away it being three goals from three different defensemen in a single period.