Connect with Us
WATCH: Vancouver rookie Kellan Lain scores his first NHL goal
Kellan Lain's premiere lasted only two seconds. And that's generous. It was definitely under one second, and that second didn't matter. It was a needless face-off won by Kevin Bieksa, immediately followed by an orchestrated 10-man brawl that kicked off the finale of last Saturday's Hockey Day in Canada.
Lain received a game misconduct and, like that, his night was over. So on Tuesday, he didn't waste any time, picking up his first-ever big league goal just 5:14 into the first period. (The Canucks went on to win, 2-1.)
"It's a little overwhelming maybe," Lain said on Tuesday night, reflecting on his first 5:16 of NHL hockey. "You just dream of playing in the NHL but... that first goal, it's a pretty special moment.
Lain, a native of Oakville, Ontario, was playing with Dale Weise and Tom Sestito, and his first goal came off a rebound from a right-wing shot from Weise, which Lain whacked past Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens.
"It kind of popped out to me... we're three big bodies and we just try to work it down low and we try to create some energy."