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Watch Dougie Hamilton score his first NHL goal

Feb 15, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

It didn’t happen until his 12 game and 29th shot on goal, but Boston Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton scored his first career NHL goal against Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres on Friday:

Even better, it came on the power play, where Boston’s offense often goes to die.

Fun stat from the NHL via’s Joe Haggerty: Hamilton is the first Bruins blueliner to score a goal at 19 since Jonathan Girard did on Nov. 13, 1999.

A Sabres player had a “finally” moment, too, in that game. Drew Stafford finally scored his first goal of 2013 on his 41st shot.

Related: Bruins coach Claude Julien thinks Hamilton is learning quickly.

  1. 19to77 - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    It usually takes longer for a two-way D to develop his game in the NHL compared to, say, a forward. Figuring out how to stay in defensive position without sacrificing offensive chances is hard, and vice versa – hence why the Fowlers and Faulks of the League have such awful plus-minus to go with their higher offensive totals.

    Bottom line is, he’ll take a couple years to figure it all out, but once he’s adjusted he’s gonna be scary good.

    • mehetmet - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      we were saying the same thing about Myers. Not saying Myers is a wash, or Dougie will be the same, just saying that first year can put you out there, even win you the calder, and you can go into a 2 year slump before you know it.

      • 19to77 - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Eh. I’d argue that’s the Sabres’ system and coaching more than him. Having Chara around to teach the kid how to use his size is going to do a lot for his career, and Boston’s one of the absolute best defensive teams. He’ll learn a lot from them.

  2. zetaone - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Unless you’re younger than 7 years old, maybe you should think about dropping the Dougie business and just go with: Doug.

    Just sayin’

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Ya because people don’t and didn’t call Doug Gilmour Dougie during his entire life.

  3. chanceoffleury1 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    And the knife of the Kessel trade digs just a little bit deeper into the heart of Toronto……….

  4. ironmike778 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Kid is for real. Yes folks, In time I think the B’s are looking at our next Ray Bourque – steady, clutch, reliable, playmaker, etc. Gotta love it.

  5. kingsforever - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    No keep Dougie over Doug. It’s hockey.

    Stoll = Stollie
    Mitchell = Mitchie
    Richards = Richie
    We’re really creative in the hockey community as you can see

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 16, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Even Peter Chirelli (Bruins GM) did the same thing during an interview on a local sports talk radio station.

  6. jcmeyer10 - Feb 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    What was also impressive was his shot to the side of the net that bounced over the net right onto Peverly’s stick. Dumb luck on that particular play but it shows his hockey IQ is already pretty high.

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