Connor Bedard Scores His First
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For Connor Bedard to achieve a significant first in the National Hockey League, less than four periods were required.
He was able to share a remarkable accomplishment with a family member who was also a professional player for the Chicago organization by doing so on Wednesday night against the Blackhawks' opponent.
Against the Bruins at TD Garden, Bedard scored his first NHL goal at 5:37 of the first period with a wrap-around shot that beat goalkeeper Linus Ullmark. This happened after he scored a point in his NHL debut during a victory over the Penguins on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
The NHL's public relations team noted that scoring his first goal against the Bruins was particularly meaningful because a member of his family had accomplished the same feat with the Blackhawks decades earlier.
Connor's great-great uncle, James Bedard, played defense for the squad in Chicago for two seasons (1949–1950 and 1950–1951). He only managed one goal in his 22 contests, which he scored on February 18, 1951, at Chicago Stadium versus Boston in his 12th NHL contest.
Bedard scored at 6:37 of the third quarter in a game that night's Bruins would lose 7-3.
Of course, it's expected that Bedard will play for a lot longer and score a lot more goals as he gets ready to represent the Blackhawks organization. Speaking of family, Bedard said that he had brought his parents, sister, and mother to TD Garden to see the first-ever special performance.
Sadly, Connor experienced the same thing James did the night of his first goal as his club fell to Boston 3-1, dropping to 1-1 on the short season.