Canadiens Juraj Slafkovsky breaks NHL rule despite impressive play

Tom Banks
April 16, 2024  (2:23 PM)

Juraj Slafkovsky of the Montreal Canadiens.
Photo credit: Sportsnet

Juraj Slafkovsky has blossomed into a potential star for the Montreal Canadiens, but in their latest game, he broke an NHL rule during an impressive piece of play.

The Montreal Canadiens played in an absolute thriller against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, and late in the game, the team were pinned in their own end, but held on just enough to force overtime. It was during this period in the late stages of the game however that the cameras picked up a quality piece of work from breakout star Juraj Slafkovsky.
Still impressive. Still illegal. Habs' Slafkovsky gets away with a stick flip to Nick Suzuki.
With Nick Suzuki losing his stick in a key moment, the former No. 1 overall pick flipped it to him from the ice, and while it was no doubt impressive, it was unfortunately illegal.
Rule 10.3 says you can't do that:

A player who has lost or broken his stick may receive a replacement stick by having one handed to him from his own players' bench, by having one handed to him by a teammate on the ice or by picking up his own unbroken stick or that of a teammate from the ice. A player will be penalized if he throws or shoots a stick to a teammate on the ice, or if he picks up and plays with an opponent's stick. A player may not participate in the play using a goalkeeper's stick. A minor penalty shall be imposed for an infraction of this rule.

Despite the action, no penalty was assessed on the play, so Slafvosky got away with a big time illegal play, with the Canadiens ultimately going on to lose 5-4 in OT after the move anyway.
Source: House of Hockey