It isn’t often that a player north of the age of 30 gets his first call-up to the NHL, let alone gets the chance to actually play in an NHL game. But that is exactly what happened to Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Rob Zepp, and Zepp made the most of the opportunity after the Flyers took a 4-3, come-from-behind win over the Winnipeg Jets to give their “rookie” goaltender his first NHL win.
The first half of the game didn’t go so well for the 33-year-old Zepp as the Jets moved out to a 3-1 lead. Late in the second period, the Jets were looking to open up a more comfortable 4-1 lead and had the opportunity to do so when one of the Jets’ most dangerous offensive players found himself one-on-one with Zepp.
The save sparked the Flyers to their third period comeback, and the eventual game-winning goal in overtime by Jakub Voracek.
Zepp spoke with the media after the game about his first NHL start and win, and about being the oldest goaltender to win his NHL debut since Hugh Lehman did it back in 1926 at the age of 41.
Rob Zepp, 33, became the oldest goaltender to win his NHL debut in 88 years. “Why not?” he said. pic.twitter.com/c5uazxF35Y
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 22, 2014
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