(Video) First NHL Win: Condon outduels O’Connor in Canadiens’ win

By Ken McKenna
Mike Condon - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie goaltender Mike Condon guards the net during the Canadiens win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, a win that was the first of Condon’s NHL career (courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

Two rookie goaltenders with NCAA pedigrees squared off in the first NHL start for each, but only one could come away a winner. The victorious goaltender, Mike Condon of the Montreal Canadiens, outdueled Ottawa Senators rookie Matt O’Connor to give the undefeated Canadiens a 3-1 win. Condon stopped 20 of 21 shots to secure his first NHL win.

While Condon wasn’t heavily tested by the Senators, he had to come up with tough saves on a handful of occasions. One of his best saves came late in third period off the stick of Senators’ All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson, a stop that preserved the Canadiens’ two-goal win.

Condon has climbed the ladder since turning pro in 2012-13 after a four-year career at Princeton University. He spent most of the 2013-14 season playing for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL before taking on the #1 role with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL in the 2014-15 campaign.

 

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