In his fourth NHL game, New York Islanders rookie Joshua Ho-Sang has scored his first NHL goal.
It came at 17:23 on a first-period power play, via an absolute cannon blast from the point to the top corner on Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot. Thomas Hickey served it up on a tee for Ho-Sang. Andrew Ladd retrieved the milestone puck.
Josh Ho-Sang’s first NHL goal is a beauty pic.twitter.com/VBuJQM5m8X— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) March 8, 2017
And a big one. Check out the Super Mario Bros-style celebration.
With Ho-Sang “controversial” (to people in one corner of Pennsylvania) due to his uniform number, and much-anticipated elsewhere due to his interesting skill set, reaction was swift in the Twittersphere:
Only 689 more to catch that Lemieux guy.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) March 8, 2017
Talbot will be the answer to a trivia question about the greatest 66 of all time.— Rookie Example (@KeithLHHockey) March 8, 2017
Update: Ho-Sang’s goal wasn’t the game-winner (and Anders Lee scored twice including the empty-netter to seal it), but the rookie gets the Islanders’ post-game jacket as the player of the game after a 4-1 win over the Oilers.