(Video) First NHL Goal: Kemppainen notches two points in Bruins’ win

By Ken McKenna
Joonas Kemppainen - Boston Bruins

Photo: Boston Bruins forward Joonas Kemppainen is congratulated at the Bruins’ bench after netting his first NHL goal in his team’s win over the New York Islanders (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)



The Boston Bruins looked to the top Finnish league for some reinforcements in the offseason, with that move starting to pay some dividends. Forward Joonas Kemppainen picked up his first two points – including his first NHL goal – and first star honors in the Bruins’ 5-3 win over the New York Islanders.

With the Islanders leading 2-1 in the final five minutes of the second period, New York defenseman Calvin de Haan retrieved the puck along the right boards in his own zone, then attempted to clear the puck from his end. But Bruins forward Ryan Spooner intercepted the puck at the blueline and moved in for a shot that was blocked by de Haan’s defensive partner, Travis Hamonic, which then ricocheted over to a waiting Kemppainen.

After turning in seasons of 31 and 32 points for Karpat in Finland’s Liiga, the Bruins signed Kemppainen to a one-year deal this summer. The big Finn was never drafted, instead developing his game with four different clubs over the past nine seasons.


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