(Video) First NHL Goal: Capitals’ O’Brien nets first in loss to Canucks

By Ken McKenna
Liam O'Brien - Washington Capitals

Photo: Washington Capitals rookie forward Liam O’Brien captained the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)


It’s been a weekend for unheralded players netting their first NHL goals. On Saturday, it was the Arizona CoyotesJustin Hodgman, and on Sunday night it was Washington Capitals‘ free agent signee Liam O’Brien who lit an NHL lamp for the first time in a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

It took O’Brien eight games to net his first goal, with that marker coming off of a nifty deflection of a shot by Capitals’ defensemaan, Mike Green.

O’Brien was signed by the Capitals shortly before the start of the 2014-15 season after being invited to the team’s summer camp and training camp. While the expected outcome for O’Brien was a return to the QMJHL‘s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for his overage season, he instead impressed enough to earn an entry-level contract.

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