(Video) First NHL Goal: Chaput misses out on game-winner in Blue Jackets’ loss

By Ken McKenna
Michael Chaput - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Michael Chaput celebrates his first NHL goal in a game where he also dropped the gloves to complete two-thirds of a Gordie Howe hat trick (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)


Columbus Blue Jackets forward Michael Chaput‘s first NHL goal could have been a memorable one, but the Washington Capitals had other ideas as they came back to defeat the Blue Jackets in overtime, 5-4.

With the scored tied at three in the third period and the Blue Jackets’ fourth line working in the Capitals zone, Columbus forward Matt Calvert fired a shot towards the net from a bad angle that deflected off of linemate Jared Boll directly in front of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. The puck caromed to the left of the Capitals’ net, right onto the stick of Chaput who lifted the first of his career into the net to give the Blue Jackets a short-lived 4-3 lead.

Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010, Chaput was then dealt to the Blue Jackets in the 2011 deal that had sent Tom Sestito to the Flyers. Chaput spent most of his first two pro seasons playing for the AHL‘s Springfield Falcons, producing 77 points (32G, 45A) in 128 games.


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