|JORDAN WEAL, Flyers|
|FIRST NHL GOAL|
It was a bit of a wait for Jordan Weal of the Flyers, but an even bigger weight off his shoulders when he scored his first career goal after coming up empty in 18 previous NHL games.
Far from a beautiful goal to the naked eye, but one which every player in the league would be proud to record, Weal deflected a shot from the point past Colorado goaltender Jeremy Smith. It was far from an ordinary tip-in.
Weal was stationed at the very low point of the right circle and had to extend his stick fully toward the slot to get a piece of a shot from the right point by teammate Radko Gudas. The deflection was so adept that even though the puck still had a good deal of distance to reach the net, Smith couldn’t react in time to stop it from sneaking inside the far post.
Weal’s reaction evinced both satisfaction and relief. Perhaps one fist pump for each, as he had both mitts moving in tandem as he cruised on one leg to the end boards with a big smile and skyward look.
Wayne Simmonds was the first to greet him and wrapped him up warmly under his arm, followed by Gudas, who did the same.
The linesman was quick to secure the puck and Weal can comfortably claim that his excellent feat of hand-eye coordination was a true goal-scorer’s goal.
|2/28/2017 vs. Colorado.
Highlight available at NHL.com.