(Video) First NHL Goal: Carrick nets lone Leafs’ goal in loss

By Ken McKenna
Sam Carrick - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Sam Carrick played four seasons in the OHL with the Brampton Battalion before turning pro in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)

 

The game may not be memorable for his teammates, but Toronto Maple Leafs forward Sam Carrick won’t likely forget it as he netted his first NHL goal – the only goal of the game for the Leafs – in a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.

With the Panthers leading by a 3-0 score midway through the third period, Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly took a pass from Joakim Lindstrom and headed up ice. Rielly cut to the middle at the Panthers’ blue line then drove towards the net, spotting Carrick moving in on the right side.

Carrick, a fifth round pick for the Leafs at the 2010 NHL Draft, is now in his third season of pro hockey. The vast majority of those three seasons have been spent playing for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, where he has scores 23 goals and added 41 assists for 64 points in 131 games. Carrick is trying to impress in a late season call-up in the hopes of sticking with a Toronto club headed towards a rebuild.

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