BY RYAN ABER
I wrote today about Barons coach Todd Nelson being able to relive his lone NHL goal (Barons coach goes back in time
Here are three Barons’ recollections of their first NHL goals (Alexandre Giroux has scored four NHL goals as well):
(5 NHL goals. First goal Nov. 15, 2008 at home against Colorado in an eventual 3-2 shootout loss. Reddox’s goal came at 7:25 of the second from Fernando Pisani and Andrew Cogliano)
“I don’t remember much about it, I just remember seeing the pictures. I think I had five or six different celebrations after I scored. Other than that, it was pretty surreal being able to score my first NHL goal, especially so early in my NHL career (it was Reddox’s second NHL game and first of that season).
“Initially, I think I was a little annoyed because Cogs looked me off. He gave it to Fernando Pisani. Pos missed the net, it came off the backboards and I was right on the doorstep. I just tried to get it over, I think it was Budaj in net (it was). I just tried to get it over his pad and after that, everything went blank. I came to when I got back to the bench.”
(Lone NHL goal Nov. 28, 2009 in Vancouver in an eventual 7-3 loss. McDonald scored at 6:06 of the second from Ryan O’Marra)
“I do have the tape but I actually haven’t watched it. Hopefully there’s many more to come but I think that’s something that I’ll just hang on to and once my career’s over, I’ll take a look at. For now, I’m just trying to get back there so I don’t see there’s any need to watch it quite yet.
“I remember exactly how the play happened. I remember the celebration. It was definitely the best moment of my life. We were in our defensive zone and O’Marra had the puck and ended up getting it to me wide. I was playing the left side there and it was a 3 on 2 and the defenseman gave me some room to shoot and I shot it and it just happened to go in. I’ve scored a couple of goals similar to that. I did one this year at home against Texas on my off wing so I’ve shot there before.
“I got a couple of messages from guys that saw it but the one I remember most was from my goalie back in school (Tyler Sims). He said how I used to score on him all the time with that same shot so he wasn’t surprised.”
(Lone NHL goal Jan. 27, 2004 for Columbus against New Jersey in a 4-3 New Jersey win. His goal came in his fourth NHL game and first of that season. The goal was assisted by Rick Nash and David Vyborny)
“It’s just exciting and kind of a relief at the same time. It’s something you never forget.
“I remember the play. I was out there with Rick Nash and David and they made a great play and hit me backdoor. I got my own rebound and was able to score.
“It was on Martin Brodeur so that made it even more special.”