(Video) First NHL Goal: AHL journeyman Hamilton opens scoring against Islanders

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Ryan Hamilton - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Hamilton had scored 151 goals in 483 career AHL games before scoring his first NHL goal in his 15th NHL game (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

Scoring a first NHL goal is no doubt a memorable event in any young hockey’s player’s career. But netting that milestone goal at the age of 29, after years of competing primarily at the AHL level, must be an extra special feeling. Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Hamilton was that guy on Monday night as the journeyman winger scored the first goal of the game in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders. Read more»

(Video) Penguins’ prospect Murray last week’s AHL Player of the Week

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Matt Murray - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray currently sports the best goals-against average in the AHL at 1.86 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

Marc-Andre Fleury is holding down the fort for now for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but a future starter could be developing for that club with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the NHL club’s AHL farm team. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Must-see OT winner by Colin Smith, Hutton’s behind-the-back save, other goals of the week

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Colin Smith - Lake Erie Monsters; Antoine Bibeau - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Colin Smith nets an overtime goal against the Toronto Marlies’ Antoine Bibeau to give the Monsters a 4-3 win on Friday night (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Highlights from the NHL right on down through the AHL, college hockey and junior hockey are all part of this week’s Prospect Impressions article featuring notable plays made by NHL prospects in the prior week. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Tierney deflects shot past Canucks’ Miller

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Chris Tierney - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie forward Chris Tierney celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

It took a couple of call-ups and 16 NHL games for him to accomplish the feat, but San Jose Sharks rookie forward Chris Tierney notched his first NHL goal in a 5-1 Sharks win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Read more»

First NHL Goal: Latvia native Kenins nets first in second game

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Ronalds Kenins - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Ronald Kenins (#41) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his first NHL last Sunday night (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

He has already moved onto his second NHL goal, but Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Ronalds Kenins netted his first NHL goal in just his second NHL game in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild last weekend. Read more»

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