Connor Murphy had time, chose his target and let fly of a slap shot for what would be his first career NHL goal.
The Phoenix Coyotes rookie defenseman, playing in his first ever NHL game, beat Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback with a perfect shot through traffic with less than three minutes remaining in the second period to restore his team’s three-goal lead at the time.
His teammate Martin Hanzal provided the screen in front. Murphy is the Coyotes’ first-round pick, 20th overall, from the 2011 NHL Draft.
Just 50 seconds later, Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown scored his first career NHL goal to cut the Coyotes’ lead to two goals.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.
That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.
After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#TORvsCGY Roster Update: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Lance Bouma will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game vs. the #Leafs.