Zach Parise followed in his father J.P. Parise’s footsteps by playing for Minnesota’s NHL team (albeit the Wild). After Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, he also joined his dad in the 200-goal club:
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That marked the 28-year-old’s sixth goal of 2013 and broke a three game pointless streak.
NBC SN pointed out that the Parise clan is now just the second in NHL history to score at least 200 goals:
Bobby Hull: 610 goals
Brett Hull: 741 goals
J.P. Parise: 238 goals
Zach Parise: 200 goals
(Just imagine how many Bobby would have scored without that WHA detour.)
Liam McHugh pointed out that the Gordie Howe-Mark Howe combo fell just short, with Mark finishing his career at the 197-goal mark. One father-son pairing to watch his Peter and Paul Stastny:
Peter Stastny: 450 goals
Paul Stastny: 129 goals
Even with Paul’s struggles, he’s only 27, so he has plenty of time to collect the 71 goals needed to join this rare club. Unlike Brett and Zach, he might struggle to eventually pass his dad, though.
Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.
The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.
Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.
Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.
Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.
During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.
It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.
As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.
Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.