(Video) First NHL Goal: Lightning’s Nesterov opens scoring in loss to Kings

by Ken McKenna

Nikita Nesterov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov competed for Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL prior to moving to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

On a night where two other AHL call-ups netted their first NHL goals, Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov completed the first goal “hat trick” with his marker against the Los Angeles Kings in a game won by the surging Kings, 3-2. Read more»

(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. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Hurricanes’ Jordan notches two points in win

by Ken McKenna

Michal Jordan - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan has played in 23 NHL games in his career, 18 of them coming in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)

No, not that ‘MJ’ from the Tar Heel State, but Carolina Hurricanes rookie defenseman Michal Jordan from the Czech Republic netted his first NHL goal in 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Jordan also added an assist in the game and earned the Third Star award for his efforts. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Ambidextrous Ehlers, Hartman’s smashing debut, more plays of the week

by David Hahn

Nikolaj Ehlers - Team Denmark - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers starred for a surprising Denmark squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Nikolaj Ehlers did something that you may not have seen before, while Ryan Hartman’s first NHL shift started with a bang. One WHL defenseman settles into a new home, while a former QMJHL captain leads the way for his new club. Not to be outdone, Andrei Vasilevskiy needed every inch of his 6’3″ frame to rob Mike Ribiero. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Thomas opens scoring for Canadiens with bullet past Fasth

by Ken McKenna

Christian Thomas - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Christian Thomas celebrates his first NHL goal in the first period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

His father Steve scored 421 goals in the NHL, so Christian Thomas has a long way to go to catch him in that category. But the longest journey begins with the first step, or, in this case, with the first NHL goal for the younger Thomas as the Montreal Canadiens forward netted his milestone marker in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Read more»

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