(Video) First NHL Goal: Canucks’ Biega nets game-winner in NHL debut

By Ken McKenna
Alex Biega - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie defenseman Alex Biega, shown here celebrating his first NHL goal, has played in 313 AHL games to this point in his career, tallying 19 goals and 102 points with three AHL teams (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

 

Almost nine years after being selected in the NHL Draft, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Biega made good on his first NHL opportunity by scoring his first NHL goal – the game-winner – in the Canucks 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Biega was named the game’s First Star for his efforts.

With the Canucks leading 2-1 in the third period and that team pressing in the Wild’s zone, Henrik Sedin gained control of the puck behind the Wild net. Sedin attempted a pass through the crease that slid back to the right point, where Biega gathered in the puck for a shot on Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

After attending Harvard University for the full four years, Biega has spent all of his pro career competing in the AHL, first in the Buffalo Sabres organization and most recently for the Canucks’ AHL farm team, the Utica Comets. He was chosen by the Sabres in the fifth round of the 2006 NHL Draft and was then signed by the Canucks as a free agent back in 2013.

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