(Video) First NHL Goal: Brickley nets game-winner for Panthers

By Ken McKenna
Connor Brickley - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers rookie forward Connor Brickley holds the puck that he deposited into the Carolina Hurricanes net for his first NHL goal in the Panthers win over the Hurricanes (courtesy of Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)



After having what he thought was his first NHL goal waved off, Florida Panthers rookie forward Connor Brickley made sure his next chance counted as his actual first goal ended up being the game winner in a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

With the score tied at one in the second period, the Panthers gained control of the puck in their own zone and headed up ice on a break. Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov took a pass from Derek MacKenzie and lugged the puck into the Hurricanes’ zone along the right boards. Kulikov then fired a shot towards the Carolina net, setting the stage for Brickley’s marker.

Brickley turned in a strong AHL rookie season in 2014-15 after completing a four-year career at the University of Vermont that included a pair of injury-shortened seasons. Brickley stayed healthy last season while playing for the San Antonio Rampage, however, where he posted 22 goals and 47 points in 73 games. He continued his strong play in the Panthers’ training camp, forcing the parent team to give the 2010 second round pick a look to start the 2015-16 season.


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