(Video) First NHL Goal: Cunningham’s shorthanded tally fails to spark Bruins

By Ken McKenna
Craig Cunningham - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins rookie forward Craig Cunningham spent four-and-a-half seasons with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and a half season with the Portland Winterhawks before turning pro (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)


Boston Bruins rookie forward Craig Cunningham made a two-fer of his first NHL goal – aside from it being his initial milestone marker, it was also the first shorthanded goal of Cunningham’s career. Cunningham’s goal was all for naught, however, as the Bruins dropped a 3-2 shootout loss to the division rival Ottawa Senators.

With the Senators working in the Bruins zone on a first period power play, Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara sent a weak clearing attempt towards the blueline. The Senators’ Kyle Turris seemed to be in a position to keep the puck in the zone, but the puck instead skipped past Turris, allowing a surging Cunningham to catch up to the puck in the Senators’ zone where he then slapped a shot five-hole on Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Cunningham spent the past three seasons and most of the 2014-15 season with Boston’s AHL farm club, the Providence Bruins. He is on his second call-up to the NHL this season, having appeared in five games so far. In 247 career AHL games, the former Vancouver Giants star has totaled 75 goals and 69 assists for 144 points.

Cunningham was named the game’s third star in the loss to the Senators.


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