Another member of the Tkachuk family begins his quest for points, the first Stanley Cup rematch is in the books, and is this Maxime Lajoie’s year?
Here are three things we learned in the NHL on Wednesday night.
Tkachuk scores first NHL goals
And there it is.
Just over eight minutes into the first period of the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators, Brady Tkachuk scored the first goal of his young career in just his second game. While it wasn’t the prettiest of goals (it also may have been kicked in) it got to the back of the net to give the Senators an early lead.
The marker also made Brady the fastest Tkachuk to pick up a first career goal. His father, Keith, scored his first in his fifth game while older brother Matthew took four to get his.
Early on in the second, Tkachuk scored again and finished the night with a total of three points in the 7-4 loss.
Stanley Cup rematch
The date has been circled on the Vegas Golden Knights’ calendar ever since the NHL schedule was released.
The first 2018 Stanley Cup rematch. Unfortunately, it was the same old story.
The defending champion Washington Capitals dispatched the Knights to the tune of a 5-2 beating, which was relatively close through two periods before Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his dominance of the Nevada-based team.
Kuznetsov picked up four points on Wednesday and didn’t look like he missed a step since the two teams played last June when he led all skaters in points with eight during the final series of the year.
The 26-year-old looks like he’s ready to tear it up this season. He’s got six points through three games.
Is this Maxime Lajoie‘s year?
Let’s rewind one year when Lajoie, a fifth-round pick in 2016, played in 56 games for the AHL’s Belleville Senators, a stint that saw him pick up a single goal and 14 assists.
Back to Wednesday, Lajoie scored two goals against the Flyers in his fourth career NHL game, giving him three goals on the year. He has also picked up two assists totalling five points in four games for the young defenceman.