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Video: Bolts’ Kucherov scores on first career shot, in first shift and first game

Nov 25, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Nikita Kucherov pulled off the Mario Lemieux-like feat of scoring on his first shot, in his first shift during the first game of his NHL career on Monday. He also did it against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, which probably earns extra style points:

The 20-year-old could be interesting to watch, as he was excelling in the AHL before this call-up, scoring 24 points (including 13 goals) in 17 games for the Syracuse Crunch.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman follows the Detroit Red Wings example of bringing prospects along slowly, but the 2011 second-rounder might just make it hard to keep him out of the NHL.

  1. redsoxchamp11 - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    really cool!! Hope this kid helps bridge the gap to Stammer coming back and maybe even stick if he keeps his stick hot.

    Question is, has this ever happened before? That’s a lot of firsts all at once.

    • storminator16 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:05 AM

      It is rare, but not that rare. About 5 or 6 guys have done this at the top of my head, the last being Caputi. I believe Rob Ray did this as well. Freaking Rob Ray! Most famously, Mario Lemieux. However, the feat was achieved mostly by some guys who weren’t superstars but who had decent careers.

      • storminator16 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:06 AM

        Luca Caputi was the last player to do this I believe.

  2. muttbolts91 - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Pretty sure Mario did it.

    • 19to77 - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Didn’t Crosby do it as well? Or was that just first shift? I seem to remember something like that… been a while now, though.

      • lowenni - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        he didnt.

      • drewzducks - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        #66 did it against the Bs, skating around #77 (#7 at the time) on his way in for the goal. Not a bad debut.

  3. lowenni - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    This kid sorta came out of nowhere. I’ve watched him a little bit, I don’t think he’s gotten the attention he deserves as a prospect in a market like Tampa. They’ve also given him plenty of time to develop, Tampa is just so deep at forward both in the NHL and with prospects. Watch out for this kid, he’s got serious talent.

  4. muttbolts91 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Just check Mario did it against the bruins.

  5. anthj99 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Rob Ray did it. He also scored a goal on his last shift on his last game in the NHL.

  6. themagicfanguy - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Great job!

  7. lightning69 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    That was awesome! I gotta say, that quick pass from the corner and such a fast, accurate 1 timer is something we are used to seeing in Tampa.

    Kudos to Kucherov for making Mario-type history (on Lundquist no less) with a Stamkos impersonation !

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of his game.

  8. hazlydose - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Tampa Bay is going to have one of the best group of forwards in the league in a year or two.

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