That’s the puck, stuck in the back of the net.
Stan Galiev has taken a grand total of two shots in his two games in the NHL, and he’s already recorded his first NHL goal.
In garbage time of the Caps’ loss to the Rangers in the final game of the regular season, Barry Trotz gave his rookie line the ice. Like usual, the rookies raided the offensive zone. Michael Latta loosed a desperate shot, and Galiev corralled the rebound for his milestone marker.
Check out Gally’s gumption from the goal front.
And check out the Russian’s resolve from the reverse angle.
Galiev couldn’t really celebrate, given the game’s score at the time. At least Jason Chimera was able to retrieve the puck from the official.
At the tender age of 23, Galiev has proved the doubters wrong. A few years ago, his ceiling was low: AHL and no further. With redoubled attention to systems and defensive play, Galiev has become a complete player. With Fehr, Beagle, and Wilson out, Galiev made his debut earlier this week on a terrific young fourth line, who outshot the Rangers 14-7 during 5v5 today.
A nice little memory to wrap up the 2014-15 regular season.
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