(Video) First NHL Goal: Lazar goal part of Senators’ third period surge

By Ken McKenna
Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Ottawa Senators rookie forward Curtis Lazar, shown celebrating his first NHL goal, was chosen by the Senators in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

A player known for his ever-present smile had a reason to flash that grin on Monday night as Ottawa Senators‘ rookie Curtis Lazar scored his first NHL goal in what ended up a 5-4 shootout loss to the surging Buffalo Sabres.

Early in the third period with the Senators down 3-1, Ottawa entered the Sabres’ zone on a 3-on-1 break. Senators’ forward Erik Condra took the puck to the Sabres goal but was denied by Sabres’ goaltender Jhonas Enroth. The puck laid in the crease, however, and Lazar shoveled it home to make the score 3-2 in what would be the first of a three-goal, third period outburst by Ottawa.

Lazar, the Senators top prospect according to Hockey’s Future, wrapped up a strong junior career in 2013-14 as a member of the Memorial Cup-winning Edmonton Oil Kings. While there was some hope that Lazar might prolong his junior career with one, final appearance for his country at the upcoming World Junior Championship, reports indicate that it seems unlikely that he will be loaned to Team Canada for that tournament.

 

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