Nashville Predators center Nick Schultz scored his first NHL goal on Wednesday night, making it 3-0 in overtime and giving the Predators their first overtime win in franchise history.
It was a big moment for Schultz, who had been struggling with a hip injury that had kept him out of action since December.
“It’s a big one, it’s huge,” Schultz said.
“To score a goal is big, but I’m just happy that we’re in the right place right now to keep moving forward.
It’s been a little while.
I’ve been dealing with a lot of injuries.
I’m sure it’s something I’ll be better off than ever.”
Schultz made just his third career NHL appearance and became the fifth player in team history to score in overtime in his debut.
He had two assists and five shots on goal.
It took just three minutes for the Preds to get on the board.
After Schultz took a pass on the right side of the net and beat Nashville goaltender Mike Smith for a rebound in the offensive zone, it was a 1-0 lead.
After he beat Smith with a wrist shot, Schultz skated around the goal and took a faceoff, setting up the goal that sent the Predators into the final frame.
“The first thing he did was take the puck off the net,” Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne said.
Schultz then scored again to put the Predators up 2-1.
He took a second shot after Smith stopped him from the left side, but it went in off the right post.
The Predators were just 1-for-4 on the power play and didn’t score on their first five shots.
They went 2-for