|JULIUS HONKA, Stars|
|FIRST NHL GOAL|
No better opportunity for a rookie defenseman to break through on the scoring sheet with his first NHL goal than being on the ice during 3-on-3 overtime play.
Julius Honka of the Stars took full advantage of the situation last night against Arizona, firing a slap shot off the crossbar above goalie Mike Smith to make his mark as a goal scorer in his 14th NHL game.
His drive from the upper right circle wasn’t his best chance to score on the shift, however. Moments earlier he rushed through the left circle and was stopped point-blank by Smith with a fantastic glove save on another shot ticketed for the top of the net.
But the puck stayed in play and soon was back on Honka’s stick. Jordan Martinook of the Coyotes went down flat on the ice to block the shot, but Honka elevated it enough — but not too much — to skim in off the crossbar.
Unlike most first-goal celebrations, Honka didn’t need to do the work to receive congratulations from most of his mates. Instead, they all hopped over the boards and left a team’s worth of fingerprints on his helmet as they welcomed him to the exclusive club of hockey players who graduated their respective early leagues to score an NHL goal.
|4/4/2017 vs. Arizona|