Scoring that first goal is a moment that players wait for when they start getting a crack at the NHL, but when it happened for Andrew Gordon last night in the Capitals' 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils he didn't know quite what to do.
"It was good. I didn't even really know what to do," Gordon admitted. "I didn't really know if it went in. I didn't have any speed to go to the corner and fist pump or anything so I just kind of stood there and enjoyed that moment where everyone was looking at me for once instead of Ovi or something. That's a special moment, I'll probably be mulling it over in my head all night."
To get a first NHL goal against future Hockey Hall of Fame member Martin Broudeur is extra special, and that it was the result of a nice play by both Gordon and his linemate, rookie center Marcus Johansson. Gordon said he wanted to show his appreciation for Johansson's pretty pass from the left boards to the front of the net that set up the tally, so he kissed him on the cheek on the bench.
"I just attribute a lot of it to Marcus just getting to that puck in the first place and sending that puck through a couple bodies," Gordon said. "It was right on the money. All I had to do was make sure I had my hand low enough to control the hard pass and I was fortunate enough to see that one go through."
Said Johansson: "I was just hoping the puck would bounce over the defenseman's stick at the redline and it did. I looked to the middle and saw Gordon had more speed than his defenseman so I just tried to hit him and it turned out pretty good."
Gordon and Jay Beagle have been teammates now for four years, with the latter celebrating his first NHL goal last season against Brian Elliott and the Ottawa Senators.
"It was kind of funny on the bench to see Gordo get his first NHL goal," Beagle said. "I had that last year -- there's no better feeling in the world. To be here for that and to share that with him is awesome I couldn't be happier."
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Gordon and some of the other members of the 2010 Calder Cup winning Hershey Bears help boost the Capitals to a 5-1 win over the Devils.
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