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Hawks’ Pirri, Leafs’ Leivo and Habs’ Bournival score 1st NHL goals (Update: Jenner, Murphy and Stanton too!)

Oct 17, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

Thursday was a night to remember for Brandon Pirri, Josh Leivo and Michael Bournival, as each scored his first-ever NHL goal.

Bournival, Montreal’s 21-year-old rookie, got things started by tallying the second goal for the Habs against Columbus:

The goal came in Bournival’s fourth game in the league. The former QMJHL Shawinigan standout, a third-round pick in 2010, had spent last season with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton.

Next up? Leivo, who found himself in the midst of controversy earlier this evening after colliding with Leafs goalie James Reimer, forcing Reimer from the contest.

With his goalie out, the 20-year-old Leivo made amends with a nice solo effort on Carolina’s Cam Ward:

Leivo, who has been up and down between the Leafs and AHL Marlies this season, was in the lineup because of a back injury to James van Riemsdyk.

Finally, there’s Pirri.

Last year’s scoring leader with AHL Rockford — he had 75 points in 76 games — Pirri was expected to make the ‘Hawks out of training camp, only to spend most of the exhibition season injured (which resulted in a trip back to Rockford to begin the year).

He was called up over the weekend though and, in a Central Division rivalry game against St. Louis, picked a perfect time for his first career marker:

Pirri, 22, had played in eight NHL games prior to tonight but actually made his NHL debut in 2010-11, appearing in one regular-season game for the ‘Hawks that year.

UPDATE 8:47 p.m. ET

Literally seconds after we published this, Columbus’ Boone Jenner scored his first-ever NHL goal against Montreal, cutting the Habs’ lead to 3-1. Jenner, 20, is in his fifth NHL contest:

UPDATE 9:11 p.m. ET

OK, this is getting ridiculous. A fifth player has scored his first NHL goal tonight, as Carolina’s Ryan Murphy scored his club’s opening tally of the night against Toronto. Murphy, 20, scored on the PP in his 11th career NHL game.

UPDATE 9:18 p.m. ET

COME ON. Vancouver’s Ryan Stanton scored his first career tally as well, the 3-0 goal in the Canucks-Sabres game. This is ridiculous.

  1. esracerx46 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Pirri is 22. He’s jumpin tonight. Really hope he stays. Any other guys out there that are looking for that first nhl goal tonight?

    • killerpgh - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      Olli Maatta, rookie defenseman for the Penguins, hit a post.

      • killerpgh - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        And a 24 year rookie wing, Michael Raffl, of the has been probably the best skater for the Flyers tonight. Would be surprised if he tied up this Pens/Flyers game.

  2. esracerx46 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Congrats to Ryan Stanton. Havent seen him at all since the Canucks claimed him. Any Canuck fans have an opinion on him?

    • micasa81 - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      He didn’t look great in his first few games, but this game I noticed him making some smart plays, good pinches – and of course, the goal.

      • esracerx46 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        Thanks. Always rooted for him ever since he signed undrafted. Always thought he was too low on the organizational depth chart. About the middle of last year I thought they realized what they had in him. A steady defenseman that would do whatever is asked that was a moderate point producer at the AHL level.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Interesting night for Leivo….takes out his goalie on his first shift, gets his first goal about a half hour later.

  4. earpaniac - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Definitely not a Canuck fan, but as a Hawk fan I thought he was going to be a nice player. The Hawks just have a TON of depth and didn’t want to lose him, they were trying to sneak him back to the Icehogs. I think they have 3-4 more guys in Rockford who’d be on most NHL teams rosters, they just don’t have places for them. Good problem to have I guess!

    • esracerx46 - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      Would have much rather seen Kostka in Rockford. Putting Stanton on waivers was not worth the risk….as a fan. I am glad to see Stanton getting nhl ice time. He deserves it.

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