Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Anton Forsberg now has a great story about his first win in the NHL.
Recalled on an emergency basis by the team when starter Sergei Bobrovsky re-aggravated a groin injury, Forsberg did not start one second of regulation action for the Jackets in their tilt Saturday night against the Washington Capitals. It wasn’t until Curtis McElhinney was injured that Forsberg was called upon, stepping between the pipes for overtime with the score knotted 4-4.
The 23-year old faced down six shots in OT and then some of the Capitals’ most explosive offensive weapons in a shootout. He allowed only one score though, letting a nifty little shot from T.J. Oshie find mesh.
But by stoning all other comers, Forsberg earned the first win of his young career, and in record fashion no less. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first goalie to ever notch his opening victory after entering the game after regulation.
Despite the thrilling experience — the Capitals are the best team in the Eastern Conference after all — Forsberg said post-game that there wasn’t much room for overthinking.
“It’s obviously not the situation you thought you’d be in, but I couldn’t do anything other than go in and take it for what it is,” he said, per The Columbus Dispatch. “I didn’t really have time to think that much. I had to ready as fast as I could. It’s kind of crazy.”
Forsberg is likely going to have a chance to start a game from the beginning when the team is back in action next week. Bobrovsky is listed as day-to-day for the Jackets and head coach John Tortorella said McElhinney will not be available by Tuesday’s matchup against the Minnesota Wild.
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