Nikita Kucherov scores on first shot, of first shift, of first game

Frederick Breedon

Nikita Kucherov now has something in common with hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.

It's pretty much impossible to start a career better than Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov did on Monday night, scoring his first NHL goal on the very first shot of his career. It also happened to be on his very first shift. He beat Henrik Lundqivst with a one-timer from the slot that bounced behind the Rangers goalie to give the Lightning an early 1-0 lead.

The Lightning drafted Kucherov in the second round (No. 58 overall) of the 2011 draft. This is his first year of pro hockey and he started off by dominating the AHL by recording 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 17 games for the Syracuse Crunch.

He continued that goal-scoring touch in his first NHL game.

Another notable NHL player to score on the first shot, of his first shift, of his first NHL game? Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. Nice company to be in.

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