Game 1, Goal #1: Hendrix Lapierre Scores First NHL Goal In NHL Debut

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When the Washington Capitals drafted forward Hendrix Lapierre in the first-round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, there were probably not many who thought the 22nd overall pick would make his NHL debut just a year later. And after making the Capitals’ Opening Night roster, the 19-year old scored his first NHL goal on a beautiful feed from line-mate T.J. Oshie.

With the Caps having gone up 2-0 against the New York Rangers just 24 seconds earlier, Oshie corralled the puck into the offensive zone and going one-on-one with Rangers defender Jarrod Tinordi, dropped the puck back to a streaking Lapierre, who put the puck past Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev for his first NHL tally; Conor Sheary also picked up an assist on the play.

The goal put the Capitals ahead 3-0 and marked Oshie’s second point of the game, having scored himself in the first period. The goal came in front of a packed house at Capital One Arena that included Lapierre’s family and girlfriend.

Lapierre becomes the first teenager to score his first NHL goal in a Caps uniform since Andre Burakovsky on October 9, 2014, also in his NHL debut. Lapierre joins an exclusive list in Capitals franchise history with his first NHL marker.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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1 Response to Game 1, Goal #1: Hendrix Lapierre Scores First NHL Goal In NHL Debut

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s got to be an incredible thrill for the kid.

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