(Video) First NHL Goal: Paquette notches two in Lightning win

By Ken McKenna
Cedric Paquette - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Cedric Paquette, shown celebrating the second of his first two NHL goals, starred for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL (courtesy of Tim Larson/Icon Sportswire)


Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Cedric Paquette liked scoring his first NHL goal so much that he added a second, helping his team to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Paquette was named the game’s first star for his efforts.

Paquette took the puck in the right corner and bulled his way to the front of the net to put it past Flames’ goaltender Jonas Hiller, giving the Lightning a 1-0 lead near the halfway point of the first period.

Paquette’s second goal came after some good work in the Flames’ zone by he and his linemates. Vladislav Namestnikov fired the puck towards the net, with Paquette getting control of the puck on the doorstep and putting it past Hiller for a 2-1 Lightning lead.

The Gaspe, QC native, ranked ninth among the Lightning’s prospect pool by Hockey’s Future, was chosen in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft by that club. He had a strong rookie season in the AHL in 2013-14, picking up 44 points (20G, 24A) in 70 games along with 153 penalty minutes for the Syracuse Crunch.

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