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Video: Notre Dame star Anders Lee scores in first NHL period

Apr 3, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

Not many players can make the transition straight from college hockey to the NHL, but New York Islanders forward Anders Lee got a confidence boost on Tuesday when he scored his first NHL goal on his first shot, in his first period.

Lee had to battle Dustin Byfuglien to get past the Winnipeg Jets’ blueline and fire a shot that seemed to catch Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec off-guard. In fact, some will probably blame Pavelec for this one as much as they credit Lee.

You can see the goal below:

Lee’s goal was the Islanders’ first of the game en route to a 5-2 victory.

The 22-year-old signed with the Islanders after spending three seasons with Notre Dame. He was the team captain and finished the 2012-13 campaign with 20 goals and 38 points in 40 contests.

  1. islesjb - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Definitely kind of a fluky goal that Pavalec would like back but it was still cool for Lee to score in his first NHL game. He already has more goals than Marty Reasoner and has already matched Nino Niedereiter’s point total from last season.

    Also- Ryan Strome scored a goal and an assist in his first pro game in the AHL. Just wait for this kid, he is going to be a beast

  2. jdrew506 - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Great game and win last night of the isles. Fun to watch Lee play and score not only in his first game but on his first shot on goal. Let the dogfight to the playoffs continue, it will only make this team stronger and more hungry to reach its goal. Lets not forget once the playoffs start anything can happen and anyone can win. Looking forward to watching this team grow and get better for the rest of this season and in the future.

  3. yearsbehindhockey - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    love how the first thing cizikas does is go and grab the puck for him. man hockey is cool.

  4. bcisleman - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    How appropriate that Zeeker had the assist and picked up the puck. Both players should have gone earlier in the 2009 draft, but Zeeker had legal issues and Lee was feared to become an NFL prospect rather than an NHL one. Isles scouted both carefully and got total steals in the 4th and 6th rounds. Further evidence of how well they have been drafting. These two are going to be VERY good for MANY years to come.

  5. jdrew506 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    It definitely is going to be fun watching this team grow and get better and better over the next few years. It’s been too long since they were relevant and been hard to watch and root for them as a member of an all ranger fan family. I long for the days of the 80’s when that rivalry was as hot as any other in all of sports.

  6. letsgopens8771 - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Big ND fan!! Great to see Lee get his first NHL Goal even though he’s an Islander!! Congrats General Lee!

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