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Video: Minor league journeyman Julien Brouillette scores first NHL goal

Feb 8, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

Last season, Julien Brouillette spent time between the American Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League. It appeared seemingly unlikely that the next year, he’d be playing in the National Hockey League.

On Saturday, the 27-year-old defenseman, who has spent his professional career up and down between the AHL and ECHL, scored his first career NHL goal – a wrist shot from the point that beat New Jersey Devils’ goalie Cory Schneider just past the midway point of the third period. It comes in just Brouillette’s second career NHL game.

It stood as the winner, as Brouillette and the Washington Capitals scored all three of their goals in the third period for a 3-0 victory over the Devils. They’ll into the Olympic break on a winning note.

  1. lowenni - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Very cool. He also had an assist in his NHL debut on Thursday–two points in his first two games. He’s been productive this year for the Hershey Bears, leading them with 9 goals. His partner tonight Patrick Wey also has two assists in his past two games (only played 3 NHL games so far).

    And Erat scored!!! Good night for first goals for Caps fans

    • valoisvipers - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Who’s net was it that Erat scored in?

      • lowenni - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        It was New Jersey’s, tonight.

        Own goals aren’t that much of a rarity, by the way.

      • dcfan4life - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        But it was also an empty netter. A goals a goal, but Erat needs to beat someone when it matters this season. Very disappointing so far.

  2. 950003cups - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Devils are a joke. Lou Lamoriello should step down as a GM. Nobody good stays on his crap teams. He lost Parise for nothing, and Kovalchuk had to skip town to get away. Plus almost all his #1 picks have been busts or mediocre since 2003. Look at the first rounders he picked after Parise and tell me how many made the NHL.

    • snakeeyes1986 - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Have you never heard of Travis Zajac or Adam Larsson?
      Niclas Bergfors, Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson, Matt Corrente all have played in the NHL. So that’s every first round pick except Stefan Matteau. Not big names, but they have played in the league. Next time, do some research before criticizing your own team.

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