While his former college linemate was scoring his first goal of the season a half a continent away, New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes netted his first of the 2014-15 season, and of his fledgling NHL career. Hayes’ goal was the fourth in a 4-0 win for the Rangers over the San Jose Sharks.
With the Rangers applying some pressure in the Sharks’ zone, Hayes gathered in a loose puck behind the Sharks’ net, attempted a shot on Sharks’ goaltender Alex Stalock at the right goal post, then buried his own rebound for the first of his career.
Hayes was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks but did not come to terms with that club after completing his college career at Boston College. Instead, Hayes became a free agent and was inked to a contract by the Rangers during the summer, and he has so far managaed to stick with the big club at the start of the 2014-15 season.
Hayes’ former linemate mentioned above is Johnny Gaudreau, who scored his first of this season (but not of his career) in the Calgary Flames‘ 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Gaudreau’s goal came on a second period power play, and held up as the game winner.
Hayes, Gaudreau, and current Adirondack Flames forward Bill Arnold formed the most potent forward line in NCAA hockey last season, with Gaudreau taking home the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.
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