(Video) First NHL Goal: Thomas opens scoring for Canadiens with bullet past Fasth

By Ken McKenna
Christian Thomas - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Christian Thomas celebrates his first NHL goal in the first period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)


His father Steve scored 421 goals in the NHL, so Christian Thomas has a long way to go to catch him in that category. But the longest journey begins with the first step, or, in this case, with the first NHL goal for the younger Thomas as the Montreal Canadiens forward netted his milestone marker in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Late in the first period of a scoreless game, Edmonton forward Iiro Pakarinen moved the puck out of his own end and into the neutral zone. Montreal forward Jacob de la Rose then cut in front of Pakarinen and knocked the puck back towards the Oilers zone, where Thomas corraled it and moved into the Oilers’ zone along the left side.



Thomas is in his third season of pro hockey after having been drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft. Thomas has spent most of his pro years in the AHL, first with the Connecticut Whale, and now with the Hamilton Bulldogs following a trade to the Canadiens back in July of 2013. He has appeared in 15 NHL games in all, with his goal also being his first NHL point.



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