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Preds’ memories of first NHL goals

This month, the Nashville Predators’ pair of 19-year-olds scored their first NHL goal. Filip Forsberg did it on Oct. 8, his first game of the season. Seth Jones followed it up four nights later with a power play blast against the Islanders. Both will score many more in their career, but there’s nothing like that first goal.

“Kids grow up hoping they make it to the NHL, but after that it’s their first NHL and how soon it will come and how it will happen,” Jones said. “Luckily I got a pretty nice one on the power play. I’ll definitely remember that for a long time.”

Scoring that first goal is something NHLers will never forget. They may not recall other goals throughout their career, but they remember every single detail of that first one.

In fact, here is how many Predators players remember their first NHL goal…

Matt Cullen: January 21, 1998 vs. Florida
“That was quite a while ago. It was in Anaheim against the Florida Panthers. Kevin Weekes was the goalie, which was great because when I played in New York with the Rangers, Weekes and I sat next to each other on the plane. I asked him a lot if he remembered that one. My good buddy from Minnesota, Jeff Nielsen, got the puck on the boards. Ed Jovanovski came up and ran him and the puck popped free, so I jumped on it and had a 2-on-1 and just shot it blocker side.”

Did you get the puck?
“Oh yeah. That goal was a long time coming. I was up with the team for 20 games or so and hadn’t scored yet, so that was a big one.”

Matt Hendricks: October 10, 2009 at Chicago
“It was in Chicago, fourth game of the year, it was against Cristobal Huet. It came on a rebound. Good forecheck, I hit a guy, they turned it over, T.J. Galiardi took the shot and I found the rebound and banged it home. David Koci was trying to start a fight in front of the net after that, so it was good. My parents were there; they came down for the game, so it was a great memory.”

Did you get the puck?
“Oh yeah. You better believe it. My dad has it now in his basement.”

Kevin Klein: January 26, 2007 at Chicago
“It was relatively early in my career. I was a call up at the time from Milwaukee. I got a pass from Steve Sullivan, I kind of went down the wall and tried to pass it to one of our forwards back door and it went off a defenseman’s skate and into the net. It was a highlight reel goal for sure!”

Did you get the puck?
“It’s at home at my parents’ place. They keep all my jerseys and team photos from all the years.”

Eric Nystrom: October 30, 2007 vs. Nashville
“I had a 2-on-1 with one of my old college teammate, David Moss. We played together for nine years; he’s one of my best friends in the world. He set me up for a wide open backdoor tap-in, so it was pretty special. I have the puck on a plaque at my house. I went sliding into the boards and Moss came sliding in over top. It couldn’t have been any more perfect having him set it up. It came against Chris Mason. I’ll never forget it. What a feeling. You have a goal in the NHL, which is a heck of an accomplishment.”

Craig Smith: October 7, 2011 at Columbus
“It was in Columbus. I just remember it being a backhand, just kind of squeaked through. It was cool to get the first one because everyone talked about how cool it is and then it happens. It was my first NHL game, which made it cool, but the one that was more special was the one in St. Louis with my parents there. That was my second game. They got to see it and that was awesome.”

Did you get the puck?
“Yeah, it’s at home. Or I guess it better be.”

Viktor Stalberg: December 18, 2009 at Buffalo
“It was against Ryan Miller the year he won the Vezina. I started up with the Leafs, went back and scored on my first shift back. Colton Orr and Jamal Mayers got the helpers and I shot it bar in. It wasn’t anything where it bounced off my skate or anything, so it was a good goal. Some guys get it off their [rear] or shinpad but this one was nice. I got the puck in the slot and shot it right in. … You kind of realize you’re in the NHL when you score that first one.”

Did you get the puck?
“The [Maple Leafs] framed it and put pictures and the game sheet and made a nice piece of art for it. It’s a cool thing to have.”

Shea Weber: April 6, 2006 at St. Louis
“It was on the power play against St. Louis. Paul Kariya passed it across and I got a one-timer and it found its way in against Reinhart Divis. … It’s something I’ll never forget and I’m sure for [Forsberg and Jones] it will be special for them and they’ll be able to tell their kids and grandkids about their first goal.”

Did you get the puck?
“I have that puck on a plaque at home. I couldn’t even tell you where it is right now but it’s somewhere at my house.”

Colin Wilson: October 21, 2009 at Boston
“I gave it up to Patric Hornqvist and he took the shot. Dave Scatchard came in and took out the goalie, and the puck was sitting there on the goal line and I just tapped it in. It was cool for me to get it in the city where I went to college in my first game there. It was pretty cool. I was basically the only one who knew I put it in; everyone else was doing their own thing. I wish it was on a shot or something but I’ll take it.”

Did you get the puck?
“I’ve got that sitting back at home in Winnipeg.”

 
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  1. […] • Eric Nystrom on his first NHL goal: “I had a 2-on-1 with one of my old college teammate, David Moss. We played together for nine years; he’s one of my best friends in the world. He set me up for a wide open backdoor tap-in, so it was pretty special. I have the puck on a plaque at my house. I went sliding into the boards and Moss came sliding in over top. It couldn’t have been any more perfect having him set it up. It came against Chris Mason. I’ll never forget it. What a feeling. You have a goal in the NHL, which is a heck of an accomplishment.†[Smashville 24/7] […]