Monday night was a memorable one for Swedish players scoring their first NHL goals, with a trio of Swedes scoring their milestone goals in NHL action. The Columbus Blue Jackets‘ Alexander Wennberg scored his goal in a loss to the Nashville Predators, while the Anaheim Ducks‘ Rickard Rakell and the San Jose Sharks‘ Melker Karlsson took turns in a game won by the Ducks in overtime, 3-2.
Wennberg’s goal came late in a game where the Blue Jackets were down 5-0 and were only looking to spoil the shutout for the Predators’ Pekka Rinne. With the Blue Jackets moving the puck around on the power play, forward Ryan Johansen spotted Wennberg open in the left face-off circle.
In the Ducks-Sharks contest, Rakell’s goal opened the scoring in the second period of a closely contested game. With Rakell and linemates Matt Beleskey and Emerson Etem working in the Sharks zone, Etem sent a puck bouncing towards the front of the Sharks net for what ended up being a bit of a strange goal for Rakell, his first in 47 games of NHL action.
With the score tied at one apiece after a Joe Pavelski goal early in the third period, Karlsson was sent down the right wing on a pass from Barclay Goodrow. Karlsson entered the Ducks’ zone and fired a shot that Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen would probably like to have back.
Wennberg and Rakell were both first round selections for their respective clubs at the NHL Draft, Wennberg in 2013 and Rakell in 2011. Karlsson was a free agent signing for the Sharks back in May of this year after putting together a couple of solid seasons with Skelleftea in the SHL.
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