Canadiens rookie Cole Caufield buries overtime winner for first NHL goal

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Canadiens rookie Cole Caufield tallied his first NHL goal in thrilling fashion versus the Senators on Saturday night. (Getty Images)
Canadiens rookie Cole Caufield tallied his first NHL goal in thrilling fashion versus the Senators on Saturday night. (Getty Images)

I’m sure no player ever forgets scoring their first NHL goal, but Montreal Canadiens rookie Cole Caufield will have quite the story to tell about his.

Saturday night, on Hockey Night in Canada, the highly-touted Habs youngster buried his first career goal in overtime to lift the Canadiens past the Ottawa Senators.

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Quite a special moment in an NHL career that is just four games old.

On the play, Jeff Petry was able to skate around a tired Brady Tkachuk and find Caufield who was streaking towards the Senators net. The rookie directed the puck past goaltender Filip Gustavsson, earning the Canadiens two points while picking up his first-ever NHL marker in the process.

Caufield was Montreal’s first-round selection in the 2019 draft. He recently wrapped up his final year at the University of Wisconsin, scoring 30 goals and 52 points in 31 games. He was named the Hobey Baker Award winner as the NCAA’s best player during the 2020-21 campaign.

You only score your first goal once, rumour has it, and the 20-year-old certainly buried his in memorable fashion.

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