The Pittsburgh Penguins top prospect, defenseman Derrick Pouliot, made his NHL debut Saturday night a successful one as he netted his first NHL goal – the eventual game-winning goal – on his first shot in the Penguins 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers.
With the Penguins’ energy line of Steve Downie, Nick Spaling and Marcel Goc working in the Panthers’ zone early in the first period, Spaling did some spade work along the boards and sent the puck to Downie behind the net. Downie then moved the puck to the left side of Panthers’ goaltender Roberto Luongo and spotted Pouliot open to the right of Luongo, setting the stage for Pouliot’s first goal.
After completing a strong junior career with the WHL‘s Portland Winterhawks that culminated in his being chosen the 2013-14 CHL Defenseman of the Year, Pouliot began his pro career this fall with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. He scored seven goals and added 13 assists for 20 points in 23 games, earning his first call-up to the Penguins on December 20th.
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