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NHL: Henrique hails Zegras after Ducks win

Forward Adam Henrique praised rookie Trevor Zegras after he scored a sensational lacrosse-style goal to help the Anaheim Ducks beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Thursday.

The Ducks, 45/1 to win the Stanley Cup, have registered points in four straight games (3-0-1) and collected five of six points from the first three games of an eastern road trip.

Zegras strike a rarity

Described by Henrique as having a skill level "next to none", Zegras' strike is believed to be the fourth of its kind in NHL history, joining two such goals by Andrei Svechnikov in 2019 and Nashville's Filip Forsberg in 2020.

Previously, he had stunned team-mates with a lacrosse-style assist on a goal for Sonny Milano earlier in the season.

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The 20-year-old has scored 12 goals, 20 assists for 32 points in 40 games this season. He ranks second among all first-year players in points and goals, and third in assists. On the Ducks, he sits second in all three categories.

Henrique, who is in a fifth season with Anaheim has contributed 16 points (six goals, ten assists) to help the Ducks to second place in the Pacific Division (22-16-8).

Youth helping Ducks progress

The injection of youth, which also includes team leader for points (40) and goals (24), 24-year-old Troy Terry, has given the Ducks new-life and an expectation to make the play-offs after missing out for the last three seasons.

Henrique said to the media about Zegras and the jaw-dropping goal: "That's his play. His skill level is next to none. And you know, the way the way it developed, it kind of set it up perfectly for him."

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