The Anaheim Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 in the NHL at the Rogers Arena on Thursday.
Jakob Silfverberg opened the scoring for the Ducks in the second period.
Ondrej Kase, the 21-year-old-rookie who was featuring in only his eighth NHL game, then netted his first goal in the league to make it 2-0.
John Gibson, who made 27 saves for the Ducks, had a shut-out until Canucks center Henrik Sedin scored with seven minutes left in the third period.
Andrew Cogliano then restored the Ducks’ two-goal cushion shortly after. There were no further goals.
While it was a quality team performance from the Ducks, the player who caught all the headlines was the prodigy, Kase.
Speaking after the match, the Anaheim franchise’s coach, Randy Carlyle, admitted that he took great satisfaction from watching the youngster fire home for the first time in his career.
“It’s always good to see when you have a young kid that has kind of never been on your radar screen,” Carlyle said, citing injuries that kept Kase out of training camp.
“And then he comes in and he’s been an every-game player for us since we got him.”
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Ducks captain, Ryan Getzlaf, shared a similar sentiment.
“Anytime you see a guy get his first goal it’s exciting,” Getzlaf said.
“Kase has actually been one of our best players since he’s been here. He works hard and he’s making plays.”
The result sees the Ducks into second position in the Pacific Division and fourth in the Western Conference.
All the other results from Thursday can be seen below.
Boston Bruins 2-1 Carolina Hurricanes (After penalties)
Buffalo Sabres 4-3 New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins 6-2 Dallas Stars
Washington Capitals 0-3 New York Islandersv
Detroit Red Wings 1-2 Florida Panthers (After over-time)
Ottawa Senators 2-3 Philadelphia Flyers (After over-time)
St. Louis Blues 5-4 Tampa Bay Lightning
Winnipeg Jets 3-6 Edmonton Oilers
Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 New Jersey Devils (After over-time)
Arizona Coyotes 3-4 Los Angeles Kings
Colorado Avalanche 2-3 Columbus Blue Jackets