Now this is how you start your NHL career! Tonight, as we honored our captain Martin St. Louis for playing his 1,000thNHL game, yet another milestone was accomplished tonight. As the Tampa Bay Lightning shut out the New York Rangers 5-0, right wing Nikita Kucherov scored his very first NHL goal.
This was not just any first goal in the NHL. Kucherov scored this goal on his very first shot on his first shift of his very first NHL game. When you think of accomplishments like this, names like Mario Lemieux come to mind.
While Kucherov has a long way to go until he reaches the level of Super Mario, this is definitely a good start to get him on his way.
I think saying that Kucherov likes to score goals is a bit of an understatement. His offensive prowess this season reminds me a lot of the way that center Tyler Johnson played last season.
Take a look at Nikita Kucherov’s very first goal in the National Hockey League.