When it comes to his first career NHL victory, Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Anton Forsberg has one heck of an interesting story to tell everyone.
Forsberg, on emergency recall from the AHL after Sergei Bobrovsky re-aggravated his previous groin injury, didn’t start Saturday versus the Washington Capitals. He didn’t even enter the game until overtime had already started, when Curtis McElhinney suffered an injury.
Put into a difficult situation, Forsberg stopped all six shots he faced in overtime, then allowed only one goal in the shootout — an absolute beauty from T.J. Oshie — as the Blue Jackets came back to defeat the Capitals 5-4.
As per the Elias Sports Bureau, the 23-year-old Forsberg is the first goalie to earn their first NHL win when entering the game after regulation time.
“It’s obviously not the situation you thought you’d be in, but I couldn’t do anything other than go in and take it for what it is,” said Forsberg, as per the Columbus Dispatch.
“I didn’t really have time to think that much. I had to ready as fast as I could. It’s kind of crazy.”
Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets have won two games in a row — against the Capitals on Saturday and Dallas Stars on Dec. 29, the top two teams in the league.