(Video) First NHL Goal: Capitals’ Burakovsky nets first of career

By Ken McKenna
Andre Burakovsky - Washington Capitals

Photo: Washington Capitals rookie forward Andre Burakovsky celebrates his first NHL goal in his first NHL game in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)


He turned in a solid showing in the 2014 NHL preseason for the Washington Capitals, so it’s not totally surprising that Capitals’ rookie forward Andre Burakovsky would net the first goal of the 2014-15 regular season for his team.

Of further significance is that the goal was Burakovsky’s first career NHL goal, perhaps the first of what could be many for a player already showing signs of being a deadly sniper. Burakovsky, who played for the OHL‘s Erie Otters in 2013-14, blasted home a shot from the slot past Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski to notch the only goal in the first period, and the Capitals only goal of the game in what was a 2-1 shootout win for the Habs.

Burakovsky, drafted in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Capitals, is the second-ranked prospect for that team while also ranked 27th among HF’s ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects.

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