(Video) First NHL Goal: Clendening makes the most of first shot

By Ken McKenna
Adam Clendening - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adam Clendening had played in 163 AHL games before playing in his first regular season NHL game on Thursday night (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)


Four minutes into his first NHL game, Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Adam Clendening scored his first NHL goal on his first shot on goal to get the Blackhawks started towards a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames.

Clendening, filling in for the injured Trevor van Riemsdyk, was on the Blackhawks’ power play unit early in the first period. Taking a short return pass from Marian Hossa, Clendening then blasted a shot past Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller to give the Blackhawks the 1-0 lead.

The former Boston University defender had been a productive player for the Blackhawks’ AHL farm team, the Rockford IceHogs, the past two seasons, and has finally earned a chance to impress the NHL coaching staff.


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