In his first NHL game, Valentin Zykov scored the kind of goal you’d expect from a rugged, experience player.
Zykov joined the Carolina Hurricanes organization in February 2016 as part of the trade that sent Kris Versteeg to the Los Angeles Kings. (This post’s main image comes from the 2013 NHL Draft, when Los Angeles selected him 37th overall.)
The Hurricanes’ Twitter feed did well here:
As tough as that moment was for Rangers defenders, Kevin Hayes suffered a more direct sort of pain tonight:
Carolina ended up winning the game 4-3 in regulation.