|CHRISTIAN FISCHER, Coyotes|
|FIRST NHL GOAL|
|Goals have been hard to come by this year for the Coyotes. Were in not for the anemic Avalanche, Arizona would be last in the league in scoring. Reflecting this dearth of talent is the fact that seven separate players have already made their NHL debuts this season with the Coyotes — a lot for an established team in any season, but unheard of before the All-Star game has even been played.
But let us not rain on Christian Fischer’s parade. For he happened to reward his employer’s faith by scoring in his first NHL game, after showing a knack for the net with the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, where he’d scored 16 goals in 31 games prior to his call up.
His first NHL goal resulted from a hard charge to the net as Arizona came in across the Tampa Bay blue line with four skaters, none of whom pulled up. A pass from the left wing boards was quickly directed by Jamie McGinn, who was cruising down the high slot, to Fischer who had broken coverage and was alone bearing down on the right side of the net. The pass was on his tape, and Fischer stuck it in the top of the net like he’d done it before, and acted like he’d done it before in the aftermath.
His family, however, was under no such protocol and the camera stays with them a good long while as they fully relish the emotion of the moment.
|1/21/2017 vs. Tampa Bay.
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